TIAFT was founded in London on April 21, 1963. The founding meeting elected Dr. E.C.G. Clarke (UK) as President, Dr. Alan S. Curry (UK) as Secretary, Dr. Ian Holden (UK) as Treasurer and Dr. Fred Rieders (USA) as Newsletter Editor. The first newsletter was edited in November 1963 by Rieders, and from the very beginning it bore the name "Bulletin of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists". It was a 3-page A4 size blue spirit duplicated leaflet which contained four case notes. The analytical methods relied much on TLC, spectrophotometry and spot tests. The first note was by L.W. Bradford (USA) giving advice on how to calibrate UV spectro-photometers with mercury vapour.
Nowadays, TIAFT comprises about 2000 members from all regions of the world who are actively engaged in analytical toxicology or allied areas. The aims of this association are to promote cooperation and coordination of efforts among members and to encourage research in forensic toxicology.
TIAFT members come from the police force, medical examiners and coroners' laboratories, horseracing and sports doping laboratories, hospitals, departments of legal medicine, pharmacology, pharmacy and toxicology.

The TIAFT Executive Committee for 2017-2020 is:

TIAFT President

Marc LeBeau, PhD F-ABFT

Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Laboratory
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, Virginia 22135, USA

TIAFT President Elect

Dimitri Gerostamoulos, PhD

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
57-83 Kavanagh St
Southbank 3006, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.

TIAFT Past President

Chung, Hee-Sun, Ph.D

Chungnam National University
99, Daehangno, Yuseong-gu,
Daejeon 305-764 - Republic of KOREA

TIAFT Secretary

Carmen Jurado, PhD

National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences
Chemistry Department
University of Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain)

TIAFT Treasurer

Robert Kronstrand, PhD

National Board of Forensic Medicine
Department of Forensic Toxicology
University of Linkoping, Linkoping (Sweden)

TIAFT Board Members

Simon Elliott, PhD

United Kingdom

Donata Favretto, PhD


Christophe Stove, PhD