About Us

The Forum of Professional Associations (FPA)  represents professional associations who are interested in the administration, preservation and use of records and archives. Formerly called the Section of Professional Associations (SPA), the Forum was established October 2021 by vote of the ICA Extraordinary General Assembly. FPA and has over 60 members. It is managed by a Steering Committee.

All professional associations are encouraged to join FPA and to take advantage of being part of the international archival community.

FPA aims to strengthen and unite the archival profession globally and to help its member associations develop their organizations and increase their influence. It does this by producing guidelines and advice to associations aimed at improving their services and enhancing their community profile, and by organizing and supporting seminars and conferences. It also supports an archival solidarity project which works to coordinate international foreign assistance projects.