Founded in 1932, the UIAA is the international federation for climbing and mountaineering. The UIAA represents the interests of over three million climbers and mountaineers from member federations on all six continents. The UIAA has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1995. The UIAA are based in Bern, Switzerland.
UIMLA have been an observer member of the UIAA since 2018.
The IFMGA, founded in 1965 by guides from Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy, is currently a body of mountain guide associations from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania, representing a total of almost 6000 guides. The IFMGA are based in Switzerland.
The IFMGA guarantees by analogy with the UIMLA training and standards in the sector of the certified mountain guides.
The two associations IFMGA and UIMLA are the only acknowledged umbrella associations worldwide in the sector of certification of mountain guides and mountain leaders.
The International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) was founded in 1948. ICAR is incorporated as an association under Swiss law, with its seat in Kloten, Switzerland. It is an independent, worldwide organization whose mission is to provide “a platform for mountain rescue and related organizations to disseminate knowledge with the prime goal of improving mountain rescue services and their safety”. ICAR currently has 85 member organizations in 34 countries worldwide.
UIMLA became a member of ICAR in 2020.