Safety Commission

The UIAA Safety Commission is formed of experts with engineering backgrounds from different UIAA member federations,, as well as, international manufacturers with certified UIAA Safety labels, and accredited testing laboratories. The Safety Commission meets annually and is responsible for developing the UIAA Safety Standards and consequently working to help minimise accidents in mountaineering and climbing.

To ensure the highest standards for safety equipment are in place, the Commission constantly reviews mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if the standards are at a high enough level. The Commission also accredits the laboratories which test the equipment and shares regular advice to climbers and mountaineers on advice how to treat their equipment, and how best to use it to avoid accidents.

Safety Label holding manufacturers from leading international brands plus Accredited testing laboratories are also represented within the Commission as trade members.

NEXT UIAA SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING:
1-3 May 2022 in Skopje, North Macedonia

Safety Commission

As confirmed by the UIAA Management Committee (October 2022)

Members

Lionel KIENER, Switzerland (SAC), President

Alexis MALLON, France (FFCAM), Vice President

Gebhard BARBISCH (ICAR)

Per FORSBERG, Sweden (SCF)

Nicholas GALPIN, United Kingdom (BMC)

Stephen GLADIEUX, United States (AAC)

Julia JANOTTE, Germany (DAV)

Artiomas KURANOVAS, Lithuania (LMA)

Ali SAHIN, Turkey (TDF)

Corresponding Members

Vittorio BEDOGNI, Italy

Marc BEVERLY, United States

Frederico CAMPOS MARTINS DOS SANTOS, Brazil

Dave CUSTER, United States (AAC)

Andrew HAVICS, United States (AAC)

Hitoshi ONODERA, Japan (JMSCA)

Nikolcho PETROV, North Macedonia (FPSM)

Da Chai WANG, Chinese Taipei (CTMA)

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