Important IMCA changes for those engaged in eCMID inspections

Image: Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess. Only accredited AVIs will be formally recognised to carry out eCMID inspections from 1 January 2018.
Image: Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess. Only accredited AVIs will be formally recognised to carry out eCMID inspections from 1 January 2018.

Marine Surveying Academy, the IIMS subsidiary that manages and runs the eCMID accreditation scheme, has been informed of some important changes regarding the recognition of reports that come into force next year. If you are involved in conducting eCMID inspections, this will affect you.

From 1 January 2018, IMCA will only recognise formal inspection reports conducted using its eCMID database, meaning that reports not uploaded into the database will no longer be considered by IMCA to be authorised vessel inspection reports. The whole eCMID system is now based on the principles described in the ISO 19011 – Guidance for auditing management systems – standard and is aligned with other comparable industry guidance on safety management system assurance.

From the same date, only Accredited eCMID Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) will be able to use the inspector functionality in the IMCA eCMID database to conduct authorised Common Marine Inspection document (IMCA M 149) and Marine Inspection for Small Workboats (Common marine inspection document for small workboats) (IMCA M 189) inspections.

Any vessel inspector who is registered on the database but has not achieved eCMID AVI status will have their database registration deactivated until such time they achieve their accreditation. It should be noted that this will not remove any vessel inspections they have previously carried out.

IMCA encourages vessel inspectors to apply for their accreditation.

Please note, that for inspectors who have achieved accreditation, their eCMID database account will be automatically recognised as an e CMID AVI account after 1 January 2018.

Check the eCMID web site and future news bulletins for more details on these events as they are announced and for details of how to reserve your place at them.

At the time of writing, over 350 AVIs have been accredited to conduct eCMID inspections.

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