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International Mine Action Standards


Updates or changes to the series can be proposed online. 

The framework is designed evolve in line with changes to the operational environment and based on requests from the field. Any proposals submitted will be subject to review by the Secretariat and Chair before being forwarded to the IMAS Review Board for consideration. 

A detailed overview of the process can be found here.

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Initially endorsed by the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action in 2001, the IMAS have remained a cornerstone of all mine action field interventions for over twenty years.

In setting the standard for field operations worldwide, the IMAS framework continues to actively drive safety, quality and efficiency. It therefore ensures confidence in mine action products across the sector.

The framework is the means by which a number of key disarmament conventions such as the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) and Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) can be practically implemented. It is used by affected countries as the basis for developing their national standards, and by donors to ensure that their support is effectively delivered to those most in need. 

The International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) are the standards in force for all UN mine action operations. 

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