European Parliament legislative resolution of 24 September 2008 on the Council common position adopted with a view to the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations (recast) (5726/2/2008 – C6-0223/2008 – 2005/0237B(COD))
(Codecision procedure: second reading)
The European Parliament
– having regard to the Council common position (5726/2/2008 – C6-0223/2008)(1)
– having regard to its position at first reading(2)
on the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2005)0587),
– having regard to Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty,
– having regard to Rules 62 of its Rules of Procedure,
– having regard to the recommendation for second reading of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A6-0330/2008),
1. Approves the common position as amended;
2. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.
Position of the European Parliament adopted at second reading on 24 September 2008 with a view to the adoption of Regulation
(EC) No .../2008
of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations (Recast)
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 80(2) thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee(1)
Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions(2)
Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(3)
(1) Council Directive 94/57/EC of 22 November 1994 on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations(4)
has been significantly amended on several occasions. Since further amendments are to be made, it should be recast in the interests of clarity.
(2) In view of the nature of the provisions of Directive 94/57/EC it seems appropriate that its provisions be recast in two different Community legal instruments, namely a Directive and a Regulation.
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. The necessary professional standards for their activities should therefore be uniformly established and applied across the Community.
This objective should be pursued through measures that adequately tie in with the work and activities
of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and, where appropriate, build on and complement them
Minimum criteria for recognition of organisations should be laid down with a view to enhancing the safety of, and preventing pollution from, ships. The minimum criteria laid down in Directive 94/57/EC should therefore be strengthened.
In order to grant initial recognition to the organisations wishing to be authorised to work on behalf of the Member States, compliance with the minimum criteria laid down in this Regulation could be assessed more effectively in a harmonised and centralised manner by the Commission together with the Member States requesting the recognition.
Recognition should be granted only on the basis of the quality and safety performance of the organisation in question
. It should be ensured that the extent of that recognition be at all times in keeping with the actual capacity of the organisation concerned. Recognition should furthermore take into account the differences in legal status and corporate structure of recognised organisations while continuing to ensure uniform application of the minimum criteria mentioned previously
and the effectiveness of the Community controls.▌
The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission(5)
In particular, the Commission should be empowered to amend this Regulation in order to incorporate subsequent amendments to the international conventions, protocols, codes and resolutions related thereto, to update the minimum criteria in Annex I and to adopt the criteria to measure the effectiveness of the rules and procedures as well as the performance of the recognised organisations as regards the safety of, and the prevention of pollution from, their classed ships. Since those measures are of general scope and are designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation, inter alia by supplementing it with new non-essential elements, they must be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny provided for in Article 5a of Decision 1999/468/EC.
It is of the utmost importance that failure by a recognised organisation to fulfil its obligations can be addressed in a prompt, effective and proportionate manner. The primary objective should be to correct any deficiencies with a view to removing any potential threat to safety or the environment at an early stage. The Commission should therefore be given the necessary powers to require that the recognised organisation undertake the necessary preventive and remedial action, and to impose fines and periodic penalty payments as coercive measures. When exercising these powers, the Commission should do so in a manner that complies with fundamental rights and should ensure that the organisation can make its views known throughout the procedure.
In accordance with the Community-wide approach, the decision to withdraw the recognition of an organisation which fails to fulfil the obligations set out in this Regulation if the above measures prove ineffective or the organisation otherwise presents an unacceptable threat to safety or the environment, has to be taken at Community level, and therefore by the Commission, on the basis of a committee procedure.
The continuous a posteriori
monitoring of the recognised organisations to assess their compliance with this Regulation can be carried out more effectively in a harmonised and centralised manner. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Commission, together with the Member State requesting the recognition, be entrusted with this task on behalf of the Community.
As part of the monitoring of the operations of recognised organisations, it is crucial that Commission inspectors have access to ships and ship files regardless of the ship's flag in order to ascertain whether the recognised organisations are complying with the minimum criteria laid down in this Regulation in respect of all ships in their respective classes.
The ability of recognised organisations to identify rapidly and correct weaknesses in their rules, processes and internal controls is critical for the safety of the ships they inspect and certify. That ability should be enhanced by means of an
independent assessment committee which can
propose ▌action for the sustained improvement of all recognised organisations and ensure fruitful interaction
with the Commission.
The rules and procedures of recognised organisations are a key factor for increasing safety and preventing accidents and pollution. Accordingly the
recognised organisations have initiated a process that should lead to harmonisation of their rules and procedures. That process should be encouraged and supported by Community legislation, as it should have a positive impact on maritime safety as well as on the competitiveness of the European shipbuilding industry.
Recognised organisations should be obliged to update their technical standards and enforce them consistently in order to harmonise safety rules and ensure uniform implementation of international rules within the Community. Where the technical standards of recognised organisations are identical or very similar, mutual recognition of certificates for materials, equipment and components should be considered in appropriate cases, taking the most demanding and rigorous standard as the reference.
Since transparency and exchange of information between interested parties, as well as public right of access to information, are fundamental tools for preventing accidents at sea, recognised organisations should provide all relevant statutory information concerning the conditions of the ships in their class to the port State control authorities and make it available to the general public.
In order to prevent ships from changing class to avoid carrying out ▌repairs called for by a recognised organisation in its inspection, prior arrangements should be made for the exchange of
all relevant information by recognised organisations
among themselves concerning the conditions of ships for which a change of class is sought
and involve the flag State when necessary.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) established by Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002(6)
should provide the necessary support to ensure the application of this Regulation.
Since the objective of this Regulation, namely the establishment of measures to be followed by organisations entrusted with the inspection, survey and certification of ships, operating in the Community, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale of the action, be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve that objective.
Measures to be followed by the Member States in their relationship with ship inspection and survey organisations are laid down in Directive .../.../EC of the European Parliament and the Council of …(7)[on compliance with flag State requirements and
on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations](8)
HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
This Regulation establishes measures to be followed by organisations entrusted with the inspection, survey and certification of ships for compliance with the international conventions on safety at sea and prevention of marine pollution, while furthering the objective of freedom to provide services. This includes the development and implementation of safety requirements for hull, machinery and electrical and control installations of ships falling under the scope of the international conventions.
For the purpose of this Regulation the following definitions shall apply:
"ship" means a ship falling within the scope of the international conventions;
"international conventions" means the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea of 1 November 1974 (SOLAS 74) with the exception of chapter XI-2 of the Annex thereto, the International Convention of Load Lines of 5 April 1966 and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships of 2 November 1973 (MARPOL), together with the protocols and amendments thereto, and the related codes of mandatory status in all Member States, in their up-to-date version;
"organisation" means a legal entity, its subsidiaries and any other entities under its control, which jointly or separately carry out tasks falling under the scope of this Regulation;
"control" means, for the purpose of point (c), rights, contracts or any other means, in law or in fact, which, either separately or in combination confer the possibility of exercising decisive influence on a legal entity or enable that entity to carry out tasks falling under the scope of this Regulation;
"recognised organisation" means an organisation recognised in accordance with this Regulation;
"authorisation" means an act whereby a Member State grants an authorisation or delegates powers to a recognised organisation;
"statutory certificate" means a certificate issued by or on behalf of a flag State in accordance with the international conventions;
"rules and procedures" means a recognised organisation's requirements for the design, construction, equipment, maintenance and survey of ships;
"class certificate" means a document issued by a recognised organisation certifying the fitness of a ship for a particular use or service in accordance with the rules and regulations
laid down and made public by that recognised organisation;
location" means the state where
the registered office, central administration or principal place of business of a recognised
organisation is located
1. Member States which wish to grant an authorisation to any organisation which is not yet recognised shall submit a request for recognition to the Commission together with complete information on, and evidence of, the organisation's compliance with the minimum criteria set out in Annex I and on the requirement and its undertaking that it shall comply with the provisions of Articles 8(4), 9, 10 and 11.
2. The Commission, together with the respective Member States submitting the request, shall carry out assessments of the organisations for which the request for recognition was received in order to verify that the organisations meet and undertake to comply with the requirements referred to in paragraph 1.
3. The Commission shall, in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3), refuse to recognise organisations which fail to meet the requirements referred to in paragraph 1 or whose performance is considered an unacceptable threat to safety or the environment on the basis of the criteria laid down in accordance with Article 14.
1. Recognition shall be granted by the Commission in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3).
2. Recognition shall be granted to the relevant legal entity, which is the parent entity of all legal entities that constitute the recognised organisation. The recognition shall encompass all legal entities that contribute to ensuring that that organisation provides cover for their services worldwide.
3. The Commission, acting in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3), may limit the recognition as regards certain types of ships, ships of a certain size, certain trades, or a combination thereof, in accordance with the proven capacity and expertise of the organisation concerned. In such a case, the Commission shall state the reasons for the limitation and the conditions under which the limitation shall be removed or can be widened. The limitation may be reviewed at any time.
4. The Commission shall draw up and regularly update a list of the organisations recognised in accordance with this Article. That list shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Where the Commission considers that a recognised organisation has failed to fulfil the minimum criteria set out in Annex I or its obligations under this Regulation, or that the safety and pollution prevention performance of a recognised organisation has worsened significantly, without, however, it constituting an unacceptable threat to safety or the environment, it shall require the recognised organisation concerned to undertake the necessary preventive and remedial action within specified deadlines to ensure full compliance with those minimum criteria and obligations and, in particular, remove any potential threat to safety or the environment, or to otherwise address the causes of the worsening performance.
The preventive and remedial action may include interim protective measures when the potential threat to safety or the environment is immediate.
However, and without prejudice to their immediate implementation, the Commission shall give to all Member States which have granted an authorisation to the recognised organisation concerned, advance notice of the measures that it intends to take.
1. In addition to the measures taken under Article 5, the Commission may, in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 12(2), impose fines on a recognised organisation:
whose serious or repeated failure to fulfil the minimum criteria set out in Annex I or its obligations under Articles 8(4), 9, 10 and 11 or whose worsening performance reveals serious shortcomings in its structure, systems, procedures or internal controls; or
which has deliberately provided incorrect, incomplete or misleading information to the Commission in the course of its assessment pursuant to Article 8(1) or otherwise obstructed that assessment.
2. Without prejudice to paragraph 1, where a recognised organisation fails to undertake the preventive and remedial action required by the Commission, or incurs unjustified delays, the Commission may impose periodic penalty payments on that organisation until the required action is fully carried out.
3. The fines and periodic penalty payments referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be dissuasive and proportionate to both the gravity of the case and the economic capacity of the recognised organisation concerned, taking into account, in particular, the extent to which safety or the protection of the environment has been compromised.
They shall be imposed only after the recognised organisation and the Member States concerned have been given the opportunity to submit their observations.
The aggregate amount of the fines and periodic penalty payments imposed shall not exceed 5 % of the total average turnover of the recognised organisation in the preceding three business years for the activities falling under the scope of this Regulation.
1. The Commission shall withdraw the recognition of an organisation:
whose repeated and serious failure to fulfil the minimum criteria set out in Annex I or its obligations under this Regulation is such that it constitutes an unacceptable threat to safety or the environment;
whose repeated and serious failure in its safety and pollution prevention performance is such that it constitutes an unacceptable threat to safety or the environment;
which prevents or repeatedly obstructs the assessment by the Commission; or
which fails to pay the fines and/or periodic penalty payments referred to in Article 6(1) and (2).║ ▌
2. For the purpose of points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1, the Commission shall decide on the basis of all the available information, including:
the results of its own assessment of the recognised organisation concerned pursuant to Article 8(1);
reports submitted by Member States pursuant to Article 14
of Directive …/…/EC(9)[on compliance with flag State requirements and on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations]
analyses of casualties involving ships classed by the recognised organisations;
any recurrence of the shortcomings referred to in point (a) of Article 6(1);
the extent to which the fleet in the recognised organisation's class is affected; and
the ineffectiveness of the measures referred to in Article 6(2).
3. Withdrawal of recognition shall be decided by the Commission, upon its own initiative or at the request of a Member State, in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3) and after the recognised organisation concerned has been given the opportunity to submit its observations.
1. All the recognised organisations shall be assessed by the Commission, together with the Member State which submitted the relevant request for recognition, on a regular basis and at least every two years to verify that they meet the obligations under this Regulation and fulfil the minimum criteria set out in Annex I. The assessment shall be confined to those activities of the recognised organisations, which fall within the scope of this Regulation.
2. In selecting the recognised organisations for assessment, the Commission shall pay particular attention to the safety and pollution prevention performance of the recognised organisation, to the casualty records and to the reports produced by Member States in accordance with Article 14
of Directive .../.../EC(10)[on compliance with flag State requirements and on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations]
3. The assessment may include a visit to regional branches of the recognised organisation as well as random inspection of ships, both in service and under construction, for the purpose of auditing the recognised organisation's performance. In that
case the Commission shall, where appropriate, inform the Member State in which the regional branch is located. The Commission shall provide the Member States with a report on the results of the assessment.
4. Each recognised organisation shall make available the results of its quality system management review to the Committee referred to in Article 12(1), on an annual basis.
1. No clauses in a contract of a recognised organisation with a third party or in an authorisation agreement with a flag State may be invoked to restrict the
access of the Commission
to the information necessary for the purposes of the assessment referred to in Article 8(1).▌
2. Recognised organisations shall ensure in their contracts with third parties
for the issue of statutory certificates or class certificates to a ship that such issue shall be made conditional on the parties not opposing the access of the Community
inspectors on board that ship for the purposes of Article 8(1).
1. The recognised organisations shall consult with each other periodically with a view to maintaining equivalence and aiming for harmonisation of their rules and regulations
and the implementation thereof. They shall cooperate with each other with a view to achieving consistent interpretation of the international conventions, without prejudice to the powers of the flag States. Recognised organisations shall, in appropriate cases, agree on the technical and procedural conditions under which they will mutually recognise their respective classification
certificates ▌based on equivalent models
, taking the most demanding and rigorous standards as their reference and particularly taking into account marine equipment bearing the mark of conformity in accordance with Council Directive 96/98/EC of 20 December 1996 on marine equipment(11)
Recognised organisations shall recognise, for classification purposes, certificates of marine equipment bearing the mark of conformity
in accordance with ║Directive 96/98/EC║.
They shall provide the Commission and the Member States with periodic reports on fundamental progress in standards and mutual recognition of certificates for materials, equipment and components.
2. The Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council by …(12)
, based on an independent study, on the level reached in the process of harmonising the rules and regulations
and on mutual recognition. In the event of failure by the recognised organisations to fulfil the provisions of this Article, the Commission shall propose to the European Parliament and the Council the appropriate measures
3. The recognised organisations shall cooperate with port State control administrations where a ship of their class is concerned, in particular in order to facilitate the rectification of reported deficiencies or other discrepancies.
4. The recognised organisations shall provide to all Member States' administrations which have granted any of the authorisations provided for in Article 3 of Directive .../.../EC(13)[on compliance with flag State requirements and on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations]
and to the Commission all relevant information about their classed fleet, transfers, changes, suspensions and withdrawals of class, irrespective of the flag the ships fly.
Information on transfers, changes, suspensions, and withdrawals of class, including information on all overdue surveys, overdue recommendations, conditions of class, operating conditions or operating restrictions issued against their classed ships, irrespective of the flag the ships fly, shall also be communicated electronically to the common inspection database used by the Member States for the implementation of Directive …/…/EC+ [on compliance with flag State requirements and on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations]
at the same time as it is recorded within the recognised organisation's own systems and in any case no later than 72 hours after the event that gave rise to the obligation to communicate the information. That information, with the exception of recommendations and conditions of class which are not overdue, shall be published on the website of these recognised organisations.
5. The recognised organisations shall not issue statutory certificates to a ship, irrespective of its flag, which has been declassed or is changing class for safety reasons, before giving the opportunity to the competent administration of the flag State to give its opinion within a reasonable time as to whether a full inspection is necessary.
6. In cases of transfer of class from one recognised organisation to another, the losing organisation shall, without undue delay, provide the gaining organisation with the complete history file of the ship and, in particular, inform it of:
any overdue surveys;
any overdue recommendations and conditions of class;
operating conditions issued against the ship; and
operating restrictions issued against the ship.
New certificates for the ship can be issued by the gaining organisation only after all overdue surveys have been satisfactorily completed and all overdue recommendations or conditions of class previously issued in respect of the ship have been completed as specified by the losing organisation.
certificates, the gaining organisation must advise the losing organisation of their
date of issue and, for
each overdue survey, overdue recommendation and overdue condition of class, confirm the action taken, specifying its starting place and date and the place where, and the date when, it was satisfactorily completed
Recognised organisations shall establish and implement appropriate common requirements concerning cases of transfer of class where special precautions are necessary. Those cases shall, as a minimum, include the transfer of class of ships of 15 years of age or over and the transfer from a non-recognised organisation to a recognised organisation.
Recognised organisations shall cooperate with each other in properly implementing the provisions of this paragraph.
1. The Member States, together with the
recognised organisations shall set up by …(14)
an Assessment Committee
in accordance with the ▌quality standards EN 45012.
The relevant professional associations working in the shipping industry may participate in an advisory capacity.
2. The Assessment Committee
shall carry out the following tasks:
regulation and continuous
assessment of the quality management systems of recognised organisations,in accordance with the ISO 9001 quality standard criteria;
certification of the quality system
of recognised organisations▌;
issue of binding
interpretations of internationally recognised quality management standards,in particular to take account of the specific features of the nature and obligations of recognised organisations; and
of individual and collective recommendations for the improvement of recognised organisations' rules,
processes and internal control mechanisms.
3. The Assessment Committee shall be independent,
shall have the necessary ▌competences to act independently of the recognised organisations and shall have the necessary means to carry out its duties effectively and to the highest professional standards. The Assessment Committee shall
lay down its working methods and rules of procedure.
. The Assessment Committee
shall provide the interested parties, including ▌the Commission, with full information on its annual work plan as well as on its findings and recommendations, particularly with regard to situations where safety might have been compromised.
. The Assessment Committee
shall be periodically audited
by the Commission, which may, acting in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3), require the Assessment Committee to adopt measures which the Commission deems necessary to ensure full compliance with paragraph 1.
. The Commission shall report to the Member States on the results and follow-up of its assessment.
1. The Commission shall be assisted by the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (COSS) established by Regulation (EC) No 2099/2002(15)
2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 3 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.
3. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 5 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.
The period laid down in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at three months.
4. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5a(1) to (4) and Article 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.
1. This Regulation may, without broadening its scope, be amended, in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 12(4),
in order to update the minimum criteria set out in Annex I taking into account, in particular, the relevant decisions of the IMO.
These measures designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 12(4).
2. Amendments to the international conventions defined in Article 2(b) of this Regulation may be excluded from the scope of this Regulation, pursuant to Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 2099/2002.
1. The Commission shall adopt and publish:
criteria to measure the effectiveness of the rules and procedures as well as the performance of the recognised organisations as regards the safety of, and the prevention of pollution from, their classed ships, having particular regard to the data produced by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control and/or by other similar schemes; and
criteria to determine when such performance is to be considered an unacceptable threat to safety or the environment, which may take into account specific circumstances affecting smaller-sized or highly specialised organisations.
These measures designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation by supplementing it shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 12(4).
2. The measures designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation by supplementing it relating to the implementation of Article 6 and, if appropriate, Article 7 shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 12(4).
3. Without prejudice to the immediate application of the minimum criteria set out in Annex I, the Commission may, in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3), adopt rules on their interpretation and may consider the establishment of objectives for the general minimum criteria referred to in point 3, Part A of Annex I.
1. The organisations which, at the entry into force of this Regulation, had been granted recognition in accordance with Directive 94/57/EC shall retain their recognition, subject to the provisions of paragraph 2.
2. Without prejudice to Articles 5 and 7, the Commission shall re-examine all limited recognitions granted under Directive 94/57/EC in light of Article 4(2)
of this Regulation by …(16)
, with a view to deciding, in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 12(3), whether the limitations are to be replaced by others or removed. The limitations shall continue to apply until the Commission has taken a decision.
In the course of the assessment pursuant to Article 8(1), the Commission shall verify that the holder of the recognition is the relevant legal entity within the organisation to which the provisions of this Regulation shall apply. If that is not the case, the Commission shall take a decision amending that recognition.
Where the Commission amends the recognition, the Member States shall adapt their agreements with the recognised organisation to take account of the amendment.
The Commission shall, on a biennial basis, inform the European Parliament and the Council on the application of this Regulation.
References in Community and national law to Directive 94/57/EC shall be construed, as appropriate, as being made to this Regulation and shall be read in accordance with the correlation table in Annex II.
This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
of the European Parliament of 25 April 2007 (OJ C 74 E, 20.3.2008, p. 632), Council Common Position of 6 June 2008
(OJ C 190 E, 29.7.2008, p. 1
) and Position of the European Parliament of 24 September 2008
║Twelve months from
the entry into force of this Regulation.
MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR ORGANISATIONS
(REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 3)
A. GENERAL MINIMUM CRITERIA
1. To be eligible to obtain or to continue to enjoy Community recognition,
a recognised organisation must have legal personality in the State where it is located
. Its accounts shall be certified by independent auditors.
2. The recognised organisation must be able to document extensive experience in assessing the design and construction of merchant ships.
3. The recognised organisation must be equipped at all times with significant managerial, technical, support and research staff commensurate with the size of the fleet in its class, its composition and the organisation's involvement in the construction and conversion of ships. The recognised organisation must be capable of assigning to every place of work, when and as needed, means and staff commensurate with the tasks to be carried out in accordance with general minimum criteria under points 6 and 7 and with the specific minimum criteria under part B.
4. The recognised organisation must have and apply a set of own comprehensive rules and procedures, or the demonstrated ability thereto, for the design, construction and periodic survey of merchant ships, having the quality of internationally recognised standards. They must be published and continually upgraded and improved through research and development programmes.
5. The recognised organisation must have its register of ships published on an annual basis or maintained in a database
accessible to the public.
6. The recognised organisation must not be controlled by shipowners or shipbuilders, or by others engaged commercially in the manufacture, equipping, repair or operation of ships. The recognised organisation is not substantially dependent on a single commercial enterprise for its revenue. The recognised organisation does not carry out class or statutory work if it is identical to or has business, personal or family links to the shipowner or operator. This incompatibility shall also apply to surveyors employed by the recognised organisation.
7. The recognised organisation must operate in accordance with the provisions set out in the Annex to IMO Resolution A.789(19) on specifications on the survey and certification functions of recognised organisations acting on behalf of the administration, insofar as they cover matters falling within the scope of this Regulation.
B. SPECIFIC MINIMUM CRITERIA
1. The recognised organisation shall
provide worldwide coverage by its exclusive technical staff
or, in ▌duly justified cases, through exclusive technical staff
of other ▌organisations.
2. The recognised organisation must be governed by a code of ethics.
3. The recognised organisation must be managed and administered in such a way as to ensure the confidentiality of information required by the administration.
4. The recognised organisation must provide relevant information to the administration, to the Commission and to the interested parties.
5. The recognised organisation, its surveyors and its technical staff shall carry out their work without in any way harming the intellectual property rights of shipyards, equipment suppliers, and shipowners, including patents, licences, know-how, or any other kind of knowledge whose use is legally protected at Community or national level. Without prejudice to the assessment powers of Member States and the Commission and in particular under Article
9, the recognised organisation, and the surveyors and technical staff employed by it may under no circumstances
pass on or divulge commercially relevant data obtained in the course of their work of inspecting, checking, and monitoring ships under construction or repair.
6. The recognised organisation's management must define and document its policy and objectives for, and commitment to, quality and must ensure that this policy is understood, implemented and maintained at all levels in the recognised organisation. The recognised organisation's policy must refer to safety and pollution prevention performance targets and indicators.
7. The recognised organisation must ensure that:
its rules and procedures are established and maintained in a systematic manner;
its rules and procedures are complied with and an internal system to measure the quality of service in relation to these rules and procedures is put in place;
the requirements of the statutory work for which the recognised organisation is authorised are satisfied and an internal system to measure the quality of service in relation to compliance with the international conventions is put in place;
the responsibilities, powers and interrelation of personnel whose work affects the quality of the recognised organisation's services are defined and documented;
all work is carried out under controlled conditions;
a supervisory system is in place which monitors the actions and work carried out by surveyors and technical and administrative staff employed by the recognised organisation;
surveyors have an extensive knowledge of the particular type of ship on which they carry out their work as relevant to the particular survey to be carried out and of the relevant applicable requirements;
a system for qualification of surveyors and continuous updating of their knowledge is implemented;
records are maintained, demonstrating achievement of the required standards in the items covered by the services performed, as well as the effective operation of the quality system;
a comprehensive system of planned and documented internal audits of the quality related activities is maintained in all locations;
the statutory surveys and inspections required by the Harmonised System of Survey and Certification for which the recognised organisation is authorised are carried out in accordance with the provision set out in the Annex and Appendix to IMO Resolution A.948(23) on Survey Guidelines under the Harmonised System of Survey and Certification;
clear and direct lines of responsibility and control are established between the central and the regional offices of the recognised organisation and between the recognised organisations and their surveyors.
8. The ▌organisation must have developed and
implemented and must maintain an effective internal quality system based on appropriate parts of internationally recognised quality standards and in compliance with EN ISO/IEC 17020:2004 (inspection bodies) and with EN ISO 9001:2000▌, as interpreted and certified by the Assessment Committee
referred to in Article 11(1).
The Assessment Committee must act independently and must accordingly have access to all the resources needed to be able to operate properly and carry out thorough and consistent work. It must possess highly specialised and extensive technical skills and a code of conduct that safeguards the independence of the auditors" activities.
9. The rules and regulations
of the ▌organisation must be implemented in such a way that the organisation remains in a position to derive from its own direct knowledge and judgement a reliable and objective declaration on the safety of the ships concerned by means of class certificates on the basis of which statutory certificates can be issued.
10. The recognised organisation must have the necessary means of assessing, through the use of qualified professional staff and pursuant to the provisions set out in the Annex to IMO Resolution A.913(22) on Guidelines on implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code by administrations, the application and maintenance of the safety management system, both shore-based and on board ships, intended to be covered in the certification.
11. The recognised organisation must allow participation in the development of its rules and procedures by representatives of the administration and other parties concerned.
Directive …/…/EC(1)[on compliance with flag State requirements and on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations]