Mainly, EMSA has certified a Quality Management System that focuses on

  • Visits to Member States on behalf of the European Commission and in accordance with the methodology established by the Administrative Board;
  • Inspections of Recognised Organisations, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations;
  • Inspections on behalf of the European Commission regarding the training and certification of seafarers in third countries in accordance with Directive 2008/106/EC;

In addition, EMSA also certified the QMS concerning visits to member states and the inspection of Recognised Organisations and non-EU country compliance with STCW requirements (V&I QMS) since 2016.

Concluding, the European Union on December 2018 adopted its position on a proposal to simplify and streamline the existing EU regulatory framework on seafarers' training and certification. The aim is to keep EU rules aligned with international rules.