Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations

Classicication Societies related EU regulations


Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 
Requires that ship inspection and survey organisations should be able to offer their services throughout the Community and compete with each other while providing equal levels of safety and of environmental protection  necessary professional standards for their activities should therefore be uniformly established and applied across the Community. 

The legal basis for mutual recognition of class certificates are now in place, since Regulation EC 391/2009 has been published and is now binding in the EU. Article 10 of the Regulation requires Recognized Organization to cooperate with the view of establishing the condition for mutual recognition of class certificates and to harmonize class rules and procedures. Public and private actors interested in the process (the Commission, the Classification Societies and marine equipment suppliers) have already started to discuss and share views on the steps to be adopted with a view to achieve the objectives of Regulation EC 391/2009. An international workshop has taken place in Brussels on 20 October 2009, which gathered all the major stakeholders. National initiatives are being adopted at national level to facilitate the harmonization of the rules applicable to specific items. Recognized organizations have set up a EU RO platform to discuss implementation procedures of Article 10.

The process foreseen by Article 10 is an industry led one. The EU legislator has entrusted Recognized Organization with the task of achieving harmonization of rules and mutual recognition of certificates. In this context, it appears helpful to survey the implementation process within the European maritime equipment industry as well. This will provide the Commission with additional input for their task in reporting to the European Parliament. The European Marine Equipment Council is willing to perform such a study under the Sustainable Knowledge Platform.
This study conducted by EMEC aims at:

1.  Gathering and codifying best practices for the achievement of harmonisation of class rules and the definition of conditions for mutual recognition of certificates;
2.  Keeping tracks of the progresses in the implementation of Article 10 of Regulation EC 391/2009, collecting and organising information on successful harmonisation of rules and mutual recognition and detecting possible critical areas where the objective of EU Law cannot be achieved;
3.  Assessing  the impact of Article 10 of the Regulation EC in the shipbuilding and shipping industry.