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Who are Independent International Consultants (IIC)?

IIC are qualified professional providers of independent expertise in the field of water treatment including legionella risk management programmes, cooling water optimisation investigations, problems solving and project management.

Being totally independent IIC is free to recommend the most suitable solution to client problems and where appropriate propose a combination of complimentary strategies.
In this way the approach available from IIC provides a complete remedy and utilises the strengths of various suppliers.

Independent International Consultants Ltd has official approval to act as a “Third Party Expert" in connection with the necessary precautions to control legionella growth and dissemination and are used to confirm that all necessary precautions are in place by auditing water treatment suppliers’ actions on client sites.

IIC operates internationally and is involved in assignments in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and UK.

What benefits can be obtained from using IIC?

Poorly performing water treatment programmes may have significant consequences on the operational cost and availability of vital equipment.

An audit by Independent International Consultants Ltd can identify critical points within the cooling process that can then be used to master the application of the water treatment technology.

A holistic approach is taken to cooling system optimisation involving design and operational engineering aspects, plant technology, cooling tower design performance, water treatment monitoring and control, water treatment technologies etc.

It is not unusual to have a combined approach using several suppliers and competences in order to optimise cooling plant performance.

Improved cooling efficiency and availability increases profitability and reduces concern over meeting contractual production obligations.

Do IIC provide Legionella Risk Assessments?

IIC provide truly independent Legionella Risk Assessments that also include the development of detailed customised Policy and Standard Operating Procedures and documentation.

Critical evaluation of water systems, the need for remedial actions and ongoing preventative measures are clearly identified.

Independent International Consultants Ltd has official approval to act as a “Third Party Expert" in connection with the necessary precautions to control legionella growth and dissemination and are used to confirm that all necessary precautions are in place by auditing water treatment suppliers’ actions on client sites.

Typically IIC do not provide the follow up activity of remedial work and cleaning and disinfection however IIC are available to define a clear scope of service required and audit potential suppliers on behalf of their clients.

This means that the work agreed is verified as being necessary and that the most competitive solution is obtained by the client with no reduction in performance.

The need for a Legionella risk assessment is a requirement of legislative control of the Legionella problem, the Legionella risk assessment performed by IIC ensures compliance and provides peace of mind.

Do IIC provide Legionella testing?

An important confirmatory parameter for any legionella control programme is the monitoring of legionella bacteria. IIC has arrangements with audited independent laboratories for the testing of legionella.

Legionella testing is a specialised subject and the laboratories used must comply to National and International standards and it is also recommended that these laboratories partake in an interlaboratory External Quality Assessment scheme to ensure that recoveries of legionella bacteria and result consistency are to the required standard.

Independent International Consultants Ltd has official approval to act as a “Third Party Expert" in connection with the necessary precautions to control legionella growth and dissemination and are used to confirm that all necessary precautions are in place by auditing water treatment suppliers’ actions on client sites.


Do IIC provide water treatment training?

Training of Client personnel is an important aspect in the success of any water treatment strategy. Unbiased training is available from IIC and the training is tailored to specific client requirements.

Such training programmes include:

  • Water testing and interpretation
  • Cooling water treatment
  • Ozone in cooling water
  • Legionella awareness

All training programmes are certified

Do IIC promote a particular technology?

IIC is truly independent and recommends the most suitable proven technology for any particular water treatment requirement.

This approach also involves the independent scientific evaluation of alternative and new water treatment strategies in order to define the most suitable method of application.

Independent International Consultants Ltd has been involved in the detailed application of the following water treatment strategies on behalf of clients:

  • Chemical Inhibitors
  • Oxidising and Non-oxidising biocide programmes
  • Chlorine Dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Ultra Violet
  • Impinged current
  • Ultra Sound
  • Filtration
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Ion Exchange

Do IIC provide technical support?

IIC has a wealth of knowledge in many aspect of industrial water treatment and specialist knowledge of particular topics. This “know how" is available to all IIC clients and it is totally unbiased.

A number of general water treatment technical papers can be obtained from the IIC Knowledge Center link

Do IIC provide commercial support?

IIC has more than 20 years of commercial experience in industrial water treatment and gas actively been involved in National water treatment tenders on behalf of cooling water clients.

The commercial services available from IIC include:

  • Tender compilation, scope definition and supplier pre-qualification
  • Technical and commercial evaluation of returned offers
  • Introduction of client Contracting Scheme
  • Verification of contract compliance
  • Negotiation support

How do I make contact with IIC?

Confidential contact can be made through the Independent International Consultants Ltd's contact page by choosing the most appropriate link.

Do IIC have a contact for additional questions?

IIC is pleased to respond to any additional questions you may have. This can be done through the website link info@iic-consultants.com or alternatively by telephone contact : +44(0)1207 529926

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