The BPA Expert Committee was formed nearly ninety years ago. That first Committee was formed exclusively of those who earned their living through stamps – professional philatelists – who gave their time for nothing. Now, nearly a century later, nothing has changed, save the quantity of stamps to be expertised and the amount of time given without remuneration.
The original aim was to provide collectors with the opinions of those whose daily work was the handling of stamps, and whose practical experience of the forgers and repairers devilry was, in consequence, inevitably superior even to the most knowledgeable amateur. Again, nothing has changed.