New IMO publication – 3rd edition of International Medical Guide for Ships

The third edition of the International Medical Guide for Ships has now been published. This contains fully updated recommendations aimed to promote and protect the health of seafarers, and is consistent with the latest revisions of both the World Health Organization (WHO) Model List of Essential Medicines and the International Health Regulations.


The International Labour Organization's (ILO's) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 stipulates that all ships shall carry a medicine chest, medical equipment and a medical guide. The International Medical Guide for Ships supports a main principle of that Convention: to ensure that seafarers are given health protection and medical care as comparable as possible to that which is generally available to workers ashore.


Since its first publication in 1967, the International Medical Guide for Ships has been a standard reference for medical care on board ships. The second edition, written in 1988, was translated into more than 30 languages, and has been used on tens of thousands of ships.


By carrying this guide on board and following its instructions, countries can both fulfil their obligations under the terms of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, and ensure the best possible health care for their seafaring population.


Members are advised that ILO/IMO/WHO International Medical Guide for Ships, 3rd Edition is available from the IMO's bookshop (see or your local supplier.


Contact: Fredrik Larsson