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Mandate and Missions

International and Intergovernmental Organization created in 1921 whose the primary mission is to maintain and strenghten the bonds of cooperation and knowledge between the Armed Forces Medical Services of all Member States.

Mandate and Missions




The Mandate and Missions of the
International Committee of Military Medicine

The International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) is an international and intergovernmental organization created in 1921.

In homage to Belgium which took the initiative in founding the precursory organization of the International Committee of Military Medicine, and organized the first International Congress of Military Medicine, the seat of the Secretariat General of the ICMM is located in Belgium.

Our missions are :
1. to maintain and strengthen the bonds of professional collaboration between members of the Armed Forces Medical Services of all States;

2. to periodically organize International Congresses of Military Medicine (world and regional);

3. to organize international study sessions, on a wide or restricted scale, on subjects of interest to military medicine, in particular international advanced courses for young officers of the Armed Forces Medical Services;

4. to encourage, within its means and the operational framework, respect for and application of international humanitarian law, in particular by organizing or supporting courses on international humanitarian law applicable to armed conflicts, intended for members of the Armed Forces Medical Services;

5. to permanently update documentation of interest to the Armed Forces Medical Services and circulate said documentation by publishing an international review, the International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services;

6. to periodically award prizes for articles of an innovatory nature in military medicine or in the medico-legal field, in particular the “Jules Voncken” prize;

7. to maintain permanent contacts with the different Armed Forces Medical Services throughout the world, through the official representatives of such services;

8. to provide liaison with various international bodies concerned with the fate and protection of the wounded and sick of the Armed Forces;

9. to promote the spread of medical doctrines applicable to medical care in case of large numbers of wounded and sick, in both the military and civil population, and support cooperation between the different national health services, with due respect of national sovereignty;

10. to offer its help in order to contribute to liaison and coordination during the humanitarian intervention of the Armed Forces in large scale disasters;

11. to actively promote Peace by the free exchange of medical knowledge, international medical co-operation, thereby enhancing greater mutual understanding, tolerance and co-existence.