The Association

The International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) was formally established in York, England, in 1991 with the name The International Association for Forensic Phonetics (IAFP). It seeks to:

  1. foster research and provide a forum for the interchange of ideas and information on practice, development and research in forensic phonetics and acoustics, and
  2. set down and enforce standards of professional conduct and procedure for those involved in forensic phonetic and acoustic casework.


Our latest conference marked the 25th Anniversary of the official formation of (the then) IAFP in York in 1991. IAFP developed from annual meetings of forensic phonetic practitioners and interested academics in York from 1989 – 1991, with the first official conference meeting taking place in York the year after its inception. These early meetings took place with only a handful of members and papers. Since then, IAFP has grown to over 120 members worldwide, with expertise spanning both forensic phonetics and acoustics (hence the addition of the latter ‘A’ to IAFPA).