In 1982 the European Union Directorate committee representing the National Energy Ministries, Industry Trade Associations and Trade Unions formed to create common standards in well control training and certification in Europe. They recommended that a standard training syllabus was introduced with a certification programme for drilling personnel to ensure safe working practices and wellbeing.
After review, the industry created a Forum to manage and develop the assessment and certification programmes. This led to the European Well Control Forum (EWCF) being established at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in The Hague, The Netherlands on the 1st of December 1992.
As the organisation continued to grow, it was renamed the International Well Control Forum in 1994 to reflect the true geographical nature of the organisation.
In September 2017 Stichting International Well Control Forum (a foundation established in the Netherlands in 1992) transferred to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) No: SC045842 under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, having its principal office at Inchbraoch House, South Quay, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9UA.