IACS highlights the need of guidance for remote audits and surveys

IACS says it will actively participate in the forthcoming 8th session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 8), which will meet remotely from 25 to 29 July 2022, suggesting amendments to IMO resolutions to provide guidance on the use of remote audits and surveys.

Noting the work IACS Members undertake as Recognized Organizations of IMO Member States, verifying compliance of ships with IMO agreed requirements, and with a view to achieve clarity for all parties, IACS has submitted paper III 8/INF.19 and co-sponsored paper III 8/12/1.

III 8/12/1 suggests amending resolutions A.1118(30) and A.1156(32) to provide guidance on the use of remote audits and surveys, respectively. It also indicates principles that could be considered for the future development of guidance on assessments and applications of remote surveys, ISM Code audits and ISPS Code verifications.

III8/INF.19 provides a draft guidance on remote statutory surveys and draft guidance for performance of ISM/ISPS remote audits/verifications. These two draft guidance documents take into account the knowledge obtained from the development of IACS UR Z29 on classification surveys and the current practices and procedures implemented by individual IACS members when conducting remote statutory surveys, audits and verifications, when acting as recognized organizations (ROs) or recognized security organization (RSOs).

IACS will also contribute to the discussions under agenda item 4 (Lessons learned and safety issues identified from the analysis of marine safety investigation reports), agenda item 5 (Measures to harmonize port State control (PSC) activities and procedures worldwide, and agenda item 10 (Updated survey Guidelines under the Harmonised System of Survey and Certification).

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