Information submitted by Member States under MSC/Circ.1010-MEPC/Circ.382 on flag States' authorizations to carry out surveys and issue certificates on their behalf is available in the Recognized Organizations module of GISIS.
The Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) at its 18th session in July 2010 made progress on the development of a new Code for recognized organizations (ROs), with discussion on its purpose, framework and structure, based on all existing requirements and recommendations of IMO instruments regarding recognized organizations.
The Code would provide a consolidated instrument containing criteria against which recognized organizations (which may be authorized by flag States to carry out surveys and issue certificates on their behalf) are assessed and authorized/recognized, and give guidance for subsequent monitoring of ROs by Administrations.
A correspondence group was established to further progress the development of the Code intersessionally.
Some important resolutions relating to ROs include:
A.739(18) Guidelines for the authorization of organizations acting on behalf of the Administration
A.789(19) Specifications on the survey and certification functions of recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration