Belgium

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Country: Belgium
Scientific diving is regulate by: The legal framework is unclear for the scientific diver in Belgium (Belgian waters). The working group is handling that matter and the progress are slow in setting up rules for the recognition of scientific diving in Belgian law.
ESDP member: Full member
Officialy designated expert(s) and authority (if implemented) responsible for scientific diving in country: Belgium Working Group on Scientific Diving

Homepage: -

Contact person: Alain Norro (A.Norro_(at)_mumm.ac.be). Management Unit of the Mathematical Model of the North Sea (MUMM). Belgian Royal Institute for Natural Sciences, Gulledelle, 100 B-1200 Brussels, Belgium

Type of authority: NGO established by 'aquatic field' related Belgian Universities and research laboratories. Additional members of the authority are two operators of national and regional research vessels and a representative of the Belgian Navy. The working group has been created at the Belgian Federal level under the Federal Public Service Belgian science policy.

Additional informations: The Belspo Working Group on Scientific Diving (BWGSD) was established in February 2009. The working group was created at the level of the Federal Public Service Science Policy (BELSPO). Inside the working group, each institution has one representative. Today the group meet one or two times a year and is constituted of 13 members.

National certification organisation / authority for scientific diving: BWGSD organises training at the two levels BSD (Belgian scientific diver) and ABSD (advanced Belgian scientific diver) level. BSD and ABSD are fully equivalent to respectively ESD & AESD. BELSPO, a Belgian Member Organisation of the European Marine Board, have issued the first Advanced Scientific Diver certificate (AESD) in Belgium.

In February 2013 there was a significant advancement as ESD/AESD qualifications were accepted as diving professional competency as defined by Belgian law (RD 23/12/2003 mod. 25/04/2007).

In June 2013 BELSPO, a Belgian Member Organisation of the European Marine Board, issued the first Advanced Scientific Diver certificate (AESD) in Belgium.

National gouvernmental agency providing the legal background for scientific diving: under discussion
National licence for scientific diving: under discussion
National regulations: under discussion
ESD/AESD issuing authority respectively authority providing national equivalence list to ESD/AESD: under discussion
Level of acceptance of scientific diving licences (i.e. ESD/AESD certificates) of other European countries: under discussion
Additional remarks: none
Last modified according to national contributions on x by (y): 29.09.2013(pf)