WHO Handbook for Inspection of Ships and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates

Overview

Providing information on ship sanitation control exemption /ship sanitation control certificate under the International Health Regulations, 2005. 

This Handbook for Inspection of Ships and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates provides guidance for preparing and performing ship inspection, completing the certificates and applying public health measures within the framework of International Health Regulations (IHR)(2005). It is intended to be used as reference material for port health officers, regulators, ship operators and other competent authorities in charge of implementing the health measures onboard ships.

Hardcopies of the handbook can be ordered via the WHO website

Implementation of ship sanitation control exemption certificate/ship sanitation control certificate
(pursuant to Articles 20, 27 39 and Annex 3 of IHR (2005))

Effective 15 June 2007, IHR (2005) introduced new certification procedures for ships ( Annex 3, IHR (2005)). The new certificates are entitled Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate/Ship Sanitation Control Certificate ("Ship Sanitation Certificates" or "SSCEC/SSCC"). These certificates replace the previous Deratting/Deratting Exemption Certificates ("DC/DEC") provided for under the IHR (1969). The advice that follows is designed to guide and facilitate the implementation of this new health document by States Parties to the IHR (2005).

As of 15 June 2007 if evidence of a public health risk is found on board a ship and the ship is not able to produce a valid DC/DEC or SSCEC/SSCC, the competent authority may proceed to inspect the ship with one of three possible outcomes:

1) No evidence of a public health risk is found on board. The competent authority may issue a SSCEC.
2)Evidence of a public health risk is found on board. The competent authority satisfactorily completes or supervises the completion of the necessary control measures and is required to issue a SSCC.
3) If, in the opinion of the competent authority, the conditions under which control measures are carried out at the port are such that a satisfactory result cannot be obtained, this should be noted on the existing SSCC. The SSCC is valid for a maximum period of 6 months. The control measures must be completed before a further SSCC is issued. The competent authority extends the SSCEC for a period of one month until the ship arrives at a port at which the Ship Sanitation Control Certificate may be received.

List of authorised ports

Please click on link below for the latest list: 

Updated list of authorised ports to issue ship sanitation certificates (SSCC and SSCEC)

Click here to check on any updates to the above list.

Note: The above-mentioned handbook may be used in conjunction with the Guide to ship sanitation (WHO, third editions, 2011) and the International medical guide for ships (WHO, 2007), which are oriented towards preventive health and curative health, respectively, on board ships.

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