The IHR has been founded at the University Hospital in Geneva in 2010 by doctors B.H. Walpoth, M. Meyer, and Mr. Ph. Baumann.

In 2020 it was updated onto the REDCap database by doctors B.H. Walpoth, M. Meyer, E. Cools and D. Courvoisier and reviewed by the International Working Group on Accidental Hypothermia (IWAH). 

The IHR is supported by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR-MEDCOM), the Swiss Society of Mountain Medicine (SSMM) and the German Society of Expedition and Mountain Medicine (BExMed) and also part of the Mountain Registries. In addition, the IHR has received patronage from several Collaborating Organizations (PDF).