About the IABPA


The IABPA is an organization of forensic experts specializing in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis.  The purpose of this page is to introduce you to the IABPA and inform you about our association.

What is bloodstain pattern analysis?

Violent crimes can result in bloodshed. When liquid blood is acted upon by physical forces, bloodstains and bloodstain patterns may be deposited on various surfaces, including the clothing of the individuals present at the crime scene. The bloodstain patterns can yield valuable information concerning the events which lead to their creation when examined by a qualified analyst. The information gained can then be used for the reconstruction of the incident and the evaluation of the statements of the witnesses and the crime participants.

Objectives of the IABPA


The IABPA was formed in 1983 with the following objectives:

  • Encourage and promote the science of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis,
  • Standardize the scientific techniques of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis,
  • Promote education and encourage research in the discipline of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, and
  • Inform members of the latest techniques, discoveries and developments in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.


The IABPA currently has a worldwide membership from various scientific and law enforcement backgrounds of approximately 900.