The International Mediation Institute (IMI) was launched in 2007 in the Hague as an international public policy initiative to provide international mediator standards and training. Its stated goal is to generate enhanced confidence in mediators by way of recognised mediator standards in an otherwise unregulated profession. Qualifying mediators are registered with IMI and IMI certified mediators are openly searchable via the IMI website.

IMI recently concluded its Experience Qualification Path to IMI certification. This was aimed at experienced mediators whereby certification could be achieved without undergoing a separate process. From 1 October 2009 new applicants can be IMI certified by a mediation provider, trainer or professional organisation implementing a programme approved by IMI’s Independent Standards Commission (ISC).