Supporting Organisations

These organisations work together with IMI to advance the understanding and acceptance of mediation throughout the world. Their mediation panelists are required to be certified to the level of IMI Certification.

Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC)

The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) is an independent, not-for-profit institution officially launched in November 2014. It has been an IMI Supporting Organisation since.

SIMC provides world-class mediation services and products targeted at the needs of parties in cross-border commercial disputes, particularly those with business interests in Asia.

Hosting an experienced panel of international mediators drawn from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe as well as North and South America, SIMC will offer, amongst other things, professional appointing authority and case management services under the SIMC Rules. Mediation at SIMC will come with the unique benefit of enforceability as settlement agreements may be made consent awards under an Arb-Med-Arb Protocol between the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and SIMC.

In order to ensure transparency and the highest quality of service the SIMC panel mediators are required to be certified by the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI), which is linked to the International Mediation Institute (IMI).

SIMC website; SIMC panel

Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC)

FIMC is the international mediation service of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, and has been an IMI Supporting Organisation since 2015.

The Florence Chamber of Commerce, with decades of experience in mediation has created this service purposely for individuals and companies that find themselves operating in an increasingly global market and wish to choose Florence as the seat for resolution of all current and future disputes.

Recognizing the complexity and difficulty that this type of service can present, the Chamber of Commerce offers a special quality guarantee by providing international mediators with high quality standards. For this purpose, according to FIMC rules, all chartered mediators must be certified by institutions in the field of mediation who apply the assessment program and evaluation criteria whose standards are equivalent or superior to those provided by IMI (International Mediation Institute).

Fees include the use of the Chamber of Commerce mediation rooms, located in the heart of Florence, near Piazza della Signoria, offering an outstanding view of Palazzo Vecchio and other monuments.

In order to facilitate parties initiating mediation, FIMC has worked from the very beginning to create a network with other institutions, and has signed two memoranda of understanding with the American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR) and SIMC (Singapore International Mediation Centre). The main purpose of these memoranda is to advance the understanding and acceptance of mediation throughout the world. In addition, parties who file a mediation request to SIMC can choose to hold the mediation meeting in Florence.

For its official launch, FIMC organized a Conference, “Succeeding through mediation”, on May 29th 2015, Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento. For further information, see here

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Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

SIMI is the premier independent professional standards body for mediation in Singapore and the region.

SIMI was incorporated on 15 July 2014 as a non profit organisation, with support from both the Ministry of Law as well as the National University of Singapore. SIMI is headed by an international Board of Directors with representatives from both mediation practitioners as well as corporate users of mediation.

SIMI works closely with IMI, and the former IMI Executive Director serves on the SIMI Board of Directors. SIMI offers a mediator credentialing scheme that coincides with IMI Certification. SIMI is located on the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus, and the Chair of the Board is Professor Joel Lee of the NUS.

Cross-recognition exists of SIMI Certified Mediators and IMI Certified Mediators, i.e. between SIMI QAPs and IMI QAPs.

IMI Certified Mediators may apply to become SIMI Certified under the “Experience Qualification Path (EQP)” and vice versa. This is possible if the mediator is able to ensure that their Feedback Digest has been updated within the one year period immediately preceding their application. The application is made through the relevant IMI/SIMI Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP) (i.e. if SMC has qualified a mediator for SIMI certification, the candidate should apply to them for IMI certification likewise).

Please see:

·        https://www.simi.org.sg/What-We-Offer/Mediators/

Cross-recognition exists of SIMI Certified Mediators and IMI Certified Mediators, i.e. between SIMI QAPs and IMI QAPs.

IMI Certified Mediators may apply to become SIMI Certified under the “Experience Qualification Path (EQP)”. This is possible if they are able to ensure that their Feedback Digest has been updated within the one year period immediately preceding their application. The application is made through a SIMI Qualifying Assessment Program.

Please see:

·       SIMI Experience Qualification Path

·        SIMI Qualifying Assessment Program

Cross-recognition does not exist on the level of initial training, i.e. with respect to IMI Qualified mediators.

Currently, cross-recognition does not exist on the level of initial training, i.e. with respect to IMI Qualified mediators and SIMI Level 1.

Implementing Organisations

Many organisations around the world have had one or more of their programs assessed as meeting IMI’s independent international criteria. These organisations deliver quality assessment and/or training, and their programs are known as ‘Qualifying Assessment Programs’ (for the assessment of experienced mediators) or ‘Certified Mediator Training Programs’ (for mediators initial training). Find your nearest program here.

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