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Regulatory Bodies - IMO & ISO

ISAF's International Regulations Commission represents the interest of ISAF, its Member National Authorities and all users with international or national institutions which concern navigation, manning, construction, equipment, safety and use of recreational craft. These include the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

The IMO is the specialised agency of the United Nations devoted to maritime affairs where its main interests can be summed up in the phrase "Safer Shipping and Cleaner Oceans".

ISAF is particularly involved in the work of the following:

  • The Marine Safety Committee and it's Sub-Committe on Navigation and Communication and Search and Rescue sub-committee NCSR.
  • Marine Environment Protection Committee
  • Standards of Training and Certification

For more information about IMO visit the website at

International Organization for Standardization

ISO is a non-governmental organization that represents a network of national standards institutes from over 140 different countries, working in partnership with organisations, governments, industries, and business around the globe.

Each of the member bodies has a right to be represented on a committee that it has an interest in, where international organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, may also take part in the work of the ISO

ISAF has a keen interest in much of the ISO's work but in particular that of the Technical Committee - TC/188 which is responsible for standards involving Small Craft. This area of work is very often forgotten and it is surprising to look at the depth of the subjects that the Small Craft Committee has been involved in. Items range from dealing with seacocks and hull fittings to owners manuals and steering systems.

For more information about ISO visit the website at

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