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Country: France
Scientific diving is regulate by: Law (Ministery of labour)
ESDP member: Full member
Officialy designated expert(s) and authority (if implemented) responsible for scientific diving in country: Comité National de la Plongée Scientifique (CNPS)


Contact Person: Jean-Pierre Féral (jean-pierre.feral_(at)

Type of authority: Large scale research facility

National certification organisation / authority for scientific diving: CAH (Certificat d'Aptitude à l'Hyperbarie, currently delivered by INPP: Institut National de la Plongée Professionnelle)
National gouvernmental agency providing the legal background for scientific diving: INPP (Institut National de la Plongée Professionnelle)
National licence for scientific diving: CAH (Certificat d'Aptitude à l'Hyperbarie), delivered by legally authorized training centers, among which the CNRS continual education department proposes a specialized training course for Scientific Diving
National regulations: Law nº 2011-45 of the 11th january 2011

The mention concerned by SD is Bh which now is made of 4 classes: 0 up to 1.2 bars, I up to 3 bars, II up to 5 bars, III beyond 5 bars). A serie of application texts are under writing [March 2013]

ESD/AESD issuing authority respectively authority providing national equivalence list to ESD/AESD: Not directly nowadays, but present French regulation corresponds to a minimum of the AESD standard. Both ESD and AESD will be taken into account in the new regulation.
Level of acceptance of scientific diving licences (i.e. ESD/AESD certificates) of other European countries: Equivalent to ESD, but a special demand, through the ministery of culture, is needed. This will not be necessary any more with the new application texts. The European standards will be reciprocally recognized.
Additional remarks: The new decree gives more liberty and responsabilities to the research organisms which will write the new rules taking more directly into account the foreign countries.
Last modified according to national contributions on x by (y): J-P Féral, CNPS, 06/11/2012