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IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving

December 31, 2015

The IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA D 014) provides advice on ways in which diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently. It outlines minimum requirements, creating a safe ‘level playing field’ for all diving contractors. It also recommends how clients and contractors may analyse the safety implications of commercial requirements.

Our code is an especially vital document for contractors and clients working in unregulated areas of the world; and it has been instrumental in improving diving safety. While national regulations take precedence over the code, it may be used in a court of law to define good practice.

The current code was updated in 2007 from the original 1998 version, reflecting developments in good practice and technology. It incorporates both the substantial experience and expertise of our members as well as reference to other IMCA guidance.

When the IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving was originally published it was indicated that IMCA could prepare appendices for countries or regions with their own specific regulations or requirements. These appedices have been issued as the following information notes:

  • IMCA D 13/07 – Code of practice for offshore diving – Middle East appendix
  • IMCA D 14/07 – Code of practice for offshore diving – UK appendix
  • IMCA D 06/13 – Code of practice for offshore diving – Gulf of Mexico (GoM) appendix

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