Diver medical examinations: Mutual recognition agreements

As members will be aware, IMCA is not involved in any approval of doctors to carry out annual diving medical examinations.  However, we are aware that certain regulatory authorities have in place systems for approving such doctors.

It has recently been brought to our attention that mutual recognition agreements have been drawn up between some countries regarding the recognition of approved doctors and recognition of diving medical certificates issued by such doctors.

Attached are copies of the agreements between:

  1. the UK Health and Safety Executive and the Health And Safety Authority – Republic of Ireland
  2. the UK Health and Safety Executive and the States Supervision of Mines, the Netherlands
  3. the UK Health and Safety Executive and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (now the PSA) and the Norwegian Board of Health.