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:
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
Carmen Jurado, PhD
National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences
University of Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain)
Robert Kronstrand, PhD
National Board of Forensic Medicine
Department of Forensic Toxicology
University of Linkoping, Linkoping (Sweden)
TIAFT Board Members
Simon Elliott, PhD
Donata Favretto, PhD
Christophe Stove, PhD