Replacement of ship Deratting Certificate/Deratting Exemption Certificate

Implementation of World Health Organisations (WHO) Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate/Ship Sanitation Control Certificate.

The International Health Regulations (2005), (IHR-2005). entered into force on 15 June 2007. Among the provisions that apply to conveyances is a new Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate/Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCEC/SSCC). These certificates will now replace the Deratting Certificate/Deratting Exemption Certificate (DC/DEC) issued under IHR (1969).

The latest date that a Deratting Certificate could be issued was one day prior to the entry into force of IHR (2005) or 14 June 2007. A Deratting Certificate issued on that date is valid for a maximum of six months, or until 14 December 2007. During the six-month period from 14 June to 14 December 2007 both unexpired DC/DEC and newly issued SSCEC/SSCC will be in use. After 15 December 2007 the Deratting Certificate will no longer be valid.

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. 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.

3) 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.

In order to facilitate international marine traffic, WHO advises that the SSCEC/SSCC are to be printed and completed in English and/or in French, and may also be completed in another language on the same document in addition to either English or French. A model of the certificate can be downloaded here

 

Contact: Fredrik Larsson