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International SOS enters into partnership with medical services company Abermed

12 November 2009


International SOS, the world’s leading provider of integrated medical and security assistance, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Abermed, the UK-based provider of occupational health and remote medical services to the energy sector.

Abermed has a strong client base operating in the UK and the North Sea energy industry. International SOS has acquired a majority stake in Abermed with the aim of further strengthening its geographic presence and accelerating the globalisation of Abermed’s specialised products such as hyperbaric medicine, UK-trained rig medics and occupational health services.

Arnaud Vaissié, Chairman and Co-founder of International SOS, said: “There is a growing awareness amongst organisations about their duty of care obligations to their staff.   International SOS and Abermed share the same objectives - to assist our clients to fulfill this duty of care and to ‘protect’, ‘maintain’ and ‘improve’ the health of their employees. The partnership will place both organisations in a stronger position to deliver an enhanced range of services globally.”

James Miller, Managing Director, Abermed, said: “It is clear how well International SOS and Abermed complement one another. Abermed has unparalleled expertise in the North Sea and International SOS has an unparalleled ability to distribute healthcare services worldwide. Together our offer to the market is stronger.”  NVM Private Equity has sold its stake in Abermed following four years of investment.  International SOS and Abermed will continue to operate as two separate companies and brands.

Notes to editors:

About International SOS
Operating in over 70 countries, International SOS ( helps organisations manage the health and security risks facing their travellers and global workforce. Its services range from consultancy and planning services to 24-hour medical and security advice and assistance. It also provides emergency medical and security evacuations when there is a critical illness, accident or civil unrest. Last year, the company handled over 1,000,000 assistance cases, including more than 18,000 evacuations.

About Abermed
Abermed, established in 1983, is a UK based medical services company with over 30 years experience specialising in the oil and gas industries. With operations throughout the UK and in locations in the Middle-east and in Kazakhstan, Abermed has a full offshore medics service and is fully equipped to provide both topside and diving medical emergency services, offering a 24/7 emergency cover service with specialist doctors experienced in practising in harsh offshore conditions. Abermed is one of the largest UK based providers of occupational health services.

For more information, please contact:  Liam Turner / E: / T: +44 (0)20 7395 7056

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