MCA Quality Assurance

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International Safety Management (ISM) Code, Document of Compliance and ISO Standard 9001 and 14001

The MCA is the UK Flag State Administration and is responsible for the implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code within the UK merchant fleet. MCA has chosen not to delegate this responsibility to any recognised organisation and conducts all ISM Code audits itself.

The Safety Management Certificate (SMC) audits are conducted by MCA surveyors unless delegated to a Recognised Organisation (RO). Apply for your ISM audit using form MSF 5100 - Application for Survey and Inspection of Ships.

Document of Compliance

Document of Compliance (DoC) audits are conducted by MCA surveyors unless delegated to a Recognised Organisation (RO). Apply for your DoC audit using form MSF 5100 - Application for Survey and Inspection of Ships.

In multi-flag fleets, if the majority of your company's fleet is not UK registered, the MCA could authorise the Flag state (White or Grey listed on Paris MOU List) or its RO approved by UK to carry out the audit and issue/endorse the DOC on behalf of UK.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

MCA Quality Assurance (MCA QA) was established to meet the growing demand from UK shipping companies for certification against the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are standards that relate to maximising quality (ISO 9001) and minimising environmental impact (ISO 14001) through the implementation of documented management systems.

Both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 focus on how an organisation manages its processes. Both these management standards state the requirements that the management system must have in order that the company processes focus on how they manage quality and environmental impact.

For more information contact: quality.assurance@mcga.gov.uk