The Section of Professional Associations (SPA) represents professional associations who are interested in the administration, preservation and use of records and archives. The Section was established in 1976 and has over 80 members. It is managed by a Steering Committee.
All professional associations are encouraged to join SPA and to take advantage of being part of the international archival community.
SPA 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 publishing a biannual Newsletter; 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.