Institute Of
Munition Clearance
Search Engineers

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Munitions are any item containing chemical, biological, radiological, explosive (CBRNE) or other hazardous material – the primary aim of which is to cause harm.

Munition Clearance is the application and management of all appropriate skills, procedures and equipment to either mitigate the impact of munition on life, property, the economy and the environment (Human Munition Clearance) or to aid the achievement of a combat goal (Combat Munition Clearance).

Search is the management and application of systematic procedures and appropriate detection equipment to locate specified target items. These may include terrorist resources, conventional, improvised and CBRNE munitions, missing and hiding persons, drugs, stolen goods, contraband, information and evidence. As well as locating hidden, lost, abandoned or discarded items, search provides a risk management tool, isolates threats and facilitates safe access to the target, whilst minimising damage and disruption to routine activity, thereby enabling subsequent actions.



The Institute of Munition Clearance and Search Engineers (IMCSE) is a professional institute that provides an international focus for those engaged in munition clearance and search in the commercial, NGO and security force sectors.

A not-for-profit organisation, IMCSE brings together those who have a professional interest in the clearance of CBRNE items, and their constituent parts, whether of industrial manufacture or improvised; and those with a professional interest in systematic search for target items including, but not limited to, CBRNE munitions and their constituent parts.

IMCSE Council includes global leaders in munition clearance and search across the spectrum of disciplines and the membership is representative of practitioners, trainers, researchers and manufacturers from the commercial, NGO and security force sectors of the industry.

The principal objectives of IMCSE are to validate the source of members qualifications and experience and to accredit munition clearance and search organisations thereby providing global equivalence, to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and solutions and to contribute to the development of international standards, policy and regulation within the munition clearance and search disciplines to the benefit of members and the industry thus enhancing the safety and security of risk exposed communities while mitigating the negative impact on the environment.

IMCSE will :

  • Validate relevant formal training and practical experience
  • Accredit munition clearance & search training & operational organsiaitons
  • Advise national & international organisations
  • Represent its members interests
  • Encourage the regulation of individuals, organisations and companies
  • Provide the vehicle for continuous professional development
  • Provide the mechanism for the exchange of ideas and research.

IMCSE Council Members

Council Members are experienced munition & search professionals representing commercial, NGO and government agency sectors. The Council is responsible for the effective running of IMCSE on behalf of the Members and is supported in this by the Council Officers.

As Council Members we make decisions collectively and hold joint responsibility for such decisions and subsequent actions in the best interests of the profession and Membership and in accordance with good governance.

  • Garth Whitty, President
  • Mike Groves, Immediate Past President
  • Alistair Craib
  • Andrew Stott
  • Anthony Jolliffe
  • Ben Remfrey
  • Colin King
  • David Hewiston
  • Matthew Dean
  • Roland Alford

IMCSE Council Officers

  • Jane Stevens – Assistant Administrator
  • Pam Groves – Auditor
  • Robert Murfin – Treasurer
  • Wendy Nash – Administrator

To maximise effectiveness and benefits to the Membership, the Council has established a number of Working Groups that include Council and General Members of IMCSE.

The number of Working Groups may be increased or reduced as the requirements of the Institute dictate.

The current organisation of IMCSE is illustrated in the following organisational chart:


The benefits of joining IMCSE

  • Validation of training and experience
  • Working relationship with other associated professional groups
  • Working links to NGO’s, Government Ministries, Agencies and commercial munition clearance & search organisations
  • Professional recognition
  • Membership card and certificate
  • Access to a network of like-minded individuals
  • Information exchange
  • Input to the development of procedures and equipment
  • Awareness of munition clearance & search employment
  • Awareness of munition clearance & search contracts