Jointly published by IMO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the three-volume
International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR) provides guidelines for a
common aviation and maritime approach to organizing and providing search and rescue (SAR) services.
Each volume can be used as a stand-alone document or, in conjunction with the other two volumes, as
a means to attain a full view of the SAR system. The three volumes (sold separately) of this edition of the
IAMSAR Manual came into force on 1 July 2016.
IAMSAR Manual, Volume I – Organization and Management (2016 Edition)
Volume I discusses the global SAR system concept, establishment and improvement of national and regional
SAR systems and co-operation with neighbouring States to provide effective and economical SAR services.