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The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

RECALLING Article 38(a) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (the Committee) conferred upon it by international conventions for the prevention and control of marine pollution,

 RECALLING ALSO resolution A.739(18) entitled Guidelines for the authorization of organizations acting on behalf of the Administration and resolution A.789(19) entitled Specifications on the survey and certification functions of recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, which have become mandatory under both chapter 2 of annex I and chapter 3 of annex II to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating hereto (MARPOL), and under the 1974 SOLAS Convention and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol,

 RECOGNIZING the need to update the aforementioned resolutions, gather all the applicable requirements for recognized organizations in a single IMO mandatory and assist in achieving harmonized and consistent global implementation of requirements established by IMO instruments for the assessment and authorization of recognized organizations,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO the need for a code to provide, as far as national laws allow, a standard approach to assist the Administrations in meeting their responsibilities in recognizing, authorizing and monitoring their recognized organizations,

 NOTING resolution MEPC.238(65), by which it adopted, inter alia, amendments to Annexes I and II of the Protocol of 1978 relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (hereafter referred to as the 1978 Protocol) to make the provisions of part 1 and part 2 of the Code for recognized organizations (RO Code) mandatory under MARPOL,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its sixty-fifth session, the text of the proposed Code for recognized organizations,

 CONSIDERING that it is highly desirable for the Code for recognized organizations to be made mandatory under the 1974 SOLAS Convention, the 1988 Load Lines Protocol and MARPOL to remain identical,

  1 ADOPTS the Code for recognized organizations, the text of which is set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2 INVITES all Parties to the 1978 Protocol to note that the RO Code will take effect on 1 January 2015 upon the entry into force of the respective amendments to Annex I and Annex II of MARPOL;

  3 REQUESTS the Secretary-General to transmit certified copies of the present resolution and the text of the RO Code contained in the annex to all Parties to the 1978 Protocol;

  4 FURTHER REQUESTS the Secretary-General to transmit copies of this resolution and the annex to all Members of the Organization which are not Parties to the 1978 Protocol;

  5 RECOMMENDS Governments concerned to use the recommendatory provisions contained in part 3 of the RO Code as a basis for relevant standards, unless their national requirements provide at least an equivalent degree.

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