ISSETA was originally formed in 1973 as the technical association for the UK manufacturers of inflatable survival equipment, but has since developed its membership to include manufacturers from around the world. Its primary role has always been to use its combined technical expertise to seek and provide better life-saving appliances for seafarers.
Being committed to the continual development and improvement of inflatable life-saving apparatus, the Association and its members have sought close ties with regulatory authorities and have worked closely with national authorities all over the world. Association members have also contributed to ISO technical work programmes and by way of national delegations have made contributions to SOLAS.
ISSETA directly, and its members individually, has been involved in training surveyors from a number of national authorities in aspects relating to inflatable life-saving equipment.