The mission of the UIAA Medical Commission is to increase the knowledge about mountain medicine among doctors and mountaineers all over the world. The need for sound medical advice in the mountains has never been greater as more and more people around the world participate in climbing and mountaineering adventures both at an amateur and professional level. The role of the UIAA Medical Commission, through its recommendation papers, advice pages and the Mountain Medicine Diploma is to give the best possible advice through its network of mountain medicine experts, all medical doctors.
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The International Commission for Alpine Rescue ICAR, a UIAA Observer Member, was founded in 1948.