Guidance on the IMCA eCMID system

The IMCA eCMID system provides standard formats for the inspection and auditing of offshore vessels. Its use helps promote safety and efficiency and can help reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual vessels by providing a consistent, transferrable format which meets vessel operator and client requirements alike.

This document sets out all relevant IMCA policy and procedural guidance.

Further details on the eCMID system, plus user guides to the website and software, are available on our dedicated website –

Version history
  • May 2024 Rev. 4.2 – Foreword updated; print layout improved; no change to content
  • August 2023 Rev. 4.1 – Updated guidance on closing meetings (4.5.2), minor edit to 4.5.4
  • November 2022 Rev. 4 – New sections 6-7 on analytics hub and QA process; general review and minor updates
  • October 2018 Rev. 3 –  – Rewritten to focus guidance on eCMID system principles, incorporating explanatory notes from IMCA M149/189 and removing user guides which are now available online.
  • February 2018 Rev. 2 – Updated to include changes in the new desktop software, eCMID database and mandatory inspector accreditation.
  • March 2013 Rev. 1 – Updated to include IMCA M189 – Marine inspection for small workboats.
  • June 2002 – Initial publication
Reference(s): IMCA M167
Published:May 2024
Version:Rev. 4.2
Grade:IMCA Informative Guidance

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