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

  • Rev. 4.1 – August 2023 – Updated guidance on closing meetings (4.5.2), minor edit to 4.5.4
  • Rev. 4 – December 2022 – New sections 6-7 on analytics hub and QA process; general review and minor updates
  • Rev. 3 – October 2018 – Rewritten to focus guidance on eCMID system principles, incorporating explanatory notes from IMCA M 149/189 and removing user guides which are now available online.
  • Rev. 2 – February 2018 – Updated to include changes in the new desktop software, eCMID database and mandatory inspector accreditation.
  • Rev. 1 – March 2013 – Updated to include IMCA M 189 – Marine inspection for small workboats.
  • System overview
  • Inspection types
  • Inspector competence and accreditation
  • Inspection process
  • Access to inspection reports
  • Findings analytics
  • Quality assurance process
  • Glossary
  • Further information
Reference(s): IMCA M167
Published:August 2023
Version:Rev. 4.1
Grade:IMCA Informative Guidance

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