1994: Following death of Ayrton Senna, FIA forms Expert Advisory Safety Committee (EASC), with Prof. Sid Watkins as chairman. The group combines experience and knowledge to research and find solutions for major safety issues in the sport.
1996: New energy absorbing head rest is introduced into F1, following research and development by EASC.
2001: FIA Foundation is launched with a remit to improve road safety and motor sport safety. It is a major contributor to research projects conducted by the EASC.
2002: A new anti-penetration test protocol developed by EASC leads to stronger chassis introduced in F1.
2002: EASC finalizes new FIA specification for Head and Neck Support device. Mandatory use of HANS is implemented in F1 the following year and other FIA championships soon after that.
2003: FIA forms Rally Research Group, which is very active with research to improve safety within the cockpit of the rally car. The research is also applicable to all closed car racing and is followed by theKarting Research Group.
2004: FIA Foundation brings all safety research groups under one roof so they can share resources and expertise. The FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety is formed with a grant from the FIA Foundation.
2005: FIA Institute launches the Medical Training Working Group, a new working group to improve medical education and training for motor sport medics and marshals. Its remit is to raise the standards of medical training in motor sport worldwide.
2006: Institute wins the Safety Innovation of the Year award at the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards for the development of a new high-speed safety barrier, which is particularly effective in high-speed corners with short run-off areas. It is implemented at most top-level race circuits around the world.
2007: F1 chassis specifications strengthened further to make it much tougher in accidents. This strengthening would filter down to other FIA championships.
2007: A groundbreaking project to develop a crash helmet specifically for use by young drivers is concluded.
2008: Extrication and rescue programme launched with more than 160 race circuit marshals and medical personnel from around Europe.
2008: Advanced Side Impact System developed and implemented for cars in the FIA World Rally Championship.
2008: Accident Data Recorders (ADRs) are introduced into the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the first time as part of a programme to bring the technology to all forms of racing.
2009: First Regional Training Providers are appointed – UK’s MSA and Australia’s CAMS – who are used to help increase the safety and training standards of motor sport officials across the world.
2010: Agreement reached for the GT1, GT2 and GT3 series to have Accident Data Recorders installed on competing vehicles.
2011: Medicine in Motor Sport book launched, providing medical personnel with an in-depth understanding of a broad range of topics from medical infrastructure at motor sport events to extrication techniques and advice on dealing with motor sport-specific injuries.
2011: Driver's Guide to Safer Motor Sport, a handbook for drivers that serves as a reminder of important safety measures before, during and after they race, is launched.
2012: Accreditation scheme for Young Driver Safety Programme is launched, enabling ASNs to become approved Regional Training Providers for young drivers.
2013: A new advanced side impact protection system is developed for use on all Formula One cars.
2013: Extrication training and certification programme developed to help improve and standardize extrication procedures.
2014: Extrication simulators for open-wheel race cars are developed and sent to circuits around the world for medical teams to practice and train ahead of international motor sport events.