History

Fédération Internationale des Associations de Thanatologues (FIAT) - International Federation of Thanatologists Associations (IFTA)

The idea of founding FIAT-IFTA, originated in the fall of 1969, near Paris. Originally there were three inspirators, André F. Chatillon, Robert Lepine and Jacques Marette. On April 24th 1970, FIAT-IFTA was founded in Monaco with: President André Chatillon, First Vice President R. Lepine; Second Vice President J. Collaer, Secretary J. Marette and Treasurer E. Aubert.

The objective then was merely to promote "the preservation care through thanatological / embalming practices". In 1988 FIAT-IFTA was transformed into a World Wide Federation of Funeral Services. Past Presidents:

             
  1970 André Chatillon Monaco 1990 - 1992 Jordi Vallverdú Spain
  1971 Robert Lepine USA 1992 - 1994 William Hocker USA
  1972 - 1974 Joseph Collaer Belgium 1994 - 1996 Dirk van Vuure The Netherlands
  1974 - 1976 Lorne Kelly Canada 1996 - 1998 Alfredo Peculo Argentine
  1976 - 1978 Raoul Pinette USA 1998 - 2000 Gilles Poirier Canada
  1978 - 1980 Ronald Whiston USA 2000 - 2002 Jiro Yoshida Japan
  1980 - 1982 Jacques Gourdon France 2002 - 2004 Wolfgang Zocher Germany
  1982 - 1984 Daryl Blackwell Australia 2004 - 2006 Barry Albin-Dyer United Kingdom
  1984 - 1986 Gaston Gaudet France 2006 - 2008 Josep Cornet Spain
  1986 - 1988 Giovanni Primavesi Italy 2008 - 2010 Chen Qunlin  P.R. of China
  1988 - 1990 Jacques Marette France 2010 - 2012 Gus Nichols Ireland
        2012 - 2014 Claus - Dieter Wulf Germany
        2014 - 2016 Marc Poirier Canada
       

 
Every two years, the FIAT-IFTA General Assembly meets. Members from all over the world attend the meetings. The attendees are presented with a program of interest and normally attend funeral homes, cemeteries etc. in the country that hosts the Conference. The members of the Board have their Board meeting and all Members can attend the General Assembly. There is also ample opportunity to meet each other socially.

The 14th FIAt-IFTA International Convention took place in Montreal, 30 May - 2 June 2016.
The meetings before were held in:

  2014 Düsseldorf  Germany  
  2012 Dublin Ireland  
  2010 Beijing, Shanghai P.R. of China  
  2008 Barcelona Spain  
  2006 London United Kingdom  
  2004 Berlin Germany  
  2002 Kyoto Japan  
  2000 Toronto Canada  
  1998 Barcelona Spain  
  1996 Amsterdam The Netherlands  
  1994 Nashville USA  
  1992 Barcelona Spain  
  1990 Nice France  
         



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