The main purpose is to promote research, development and the use of water mist fire suppression systems world wide. IWMA will enhance the recognition and acceptance of this beneficial fire-fighting method throughout the fire and safety industry, potential users and authorities. This will be achieved by a variety of activities including the establishing and coordination of working groups and the organizing of international conferences and seminars. Through this IWMA will enhance the building of the necessary basis for a much wider use of the technology. An important element of the work of IWMA is the scientific council which focuses on scientific research and which creates synergies by bringing independent international research activities together.
The IWMA arose from the necessity to establish an international platform for companies, scientists and interested people dealing with water mist. For potential users of water mist systems IWMA is an independent body which can be addressed for questions related to the technology like e.g. the suitability of water mist for certain applications, the limits of such systems, minimum requirements, suitability of test protocols, contacts to insurance companies promoting the technology, understanding and interpretation of guidelines, suitability of test institutes. This will help to give potential users the necessary background for the installation of water mist systems.
Governments and other authorities as well as insurance companies have in IWMA an independent body providing such information or assistance. That also includes the involvement in international standardization projects. The above requires the expertise within IWMA which is ensured by the participation of well respected experts in IWMA's work.
A Logo " Certified Member" is used as a quality seal which companies are only allowed to show on their brochures and stationary after having passed a regular check by the board of the association. This gives users of the technology as well as test institutes the possibility to easily distinguish companies having the necessary expertise from those offering systems and services with no sufficient technical background.
The IWMA does not intend to replace existing approval institutions or the work of test institutes. To the contrary IWMA intends to have such as part of IWMA and to assist those in their work.
Working groups - which can be occupied by appropriate staff of member corporations - are established to work on literature regarding water mist, guidelines, research, testing methods and more.
The ultimate aim is to advance this innovative and effective form of fire-fighting. You will add to IWMA like you will participate in the results obtained, and we will achieve the final breakthrough of this technology.