There is an ever-increasing recognition of the value of human identification experts in the field of judicial investigations but the available expertise is widely spread across the country and cross-disciplinary informal interaction is sporadic. In August of 2001 a small group of experts (led by Peter Vanezis the first President of the Association and Sue Black, the first Secretary) met to consider the desirability and feasibility of encouraging practitioners from the myriad of speciality subjects, to come together under one parental umbrella of Human Identification. It was clear from that meeting that there was both the will and the need to consolidate the subject. The inaugural meeting of the British Association for Human Identification was held on the 6th October 2001 at the University of Glasgow.
The primary aim of the Association was to encourage productive interchange between various disciplines in human identification, promote the academic integration of individual subjects and through the medium of a collective body, pursue standards of excellence and innovative developments.