United Kingdom

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Country: United Kingdom
Scientific diving is regulate by: The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE; http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving)
ESDP member: Full member
Officialy designated expert(s) and authority (if implemented) responsible for scientific diving in country: UK National Environment Research Council (NERC) and UK Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee (SDSC)

Contact Person: Dr Martin Sayer (Martin.Sayer_(at)_sams.ac.uk) - elected representative of NERC and SDSC

National certification organisation / authority for scientific diving: UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE; http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving)

and

UK Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee (SDSC; http://www.uk-sdsc.com)

National gouvernmental agency providing the legal background for scientific diving: UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE; http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving)
National licence for scientific diving: Any CMAS 3* equivalent qualification plus an HSE Diving at Work medical or national equivalent (non-UK medicals must have been performed by a doctor at least 3 months before starting work in the UK).

ESD and AESD are accepted licences for scientific diving in the UK

Full list of approved qualifications can be downloaded at http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving/qualifications/approved-list.pdf

National regulations: All diving at work must comply with the UK Diving at Work Regulations (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi /1997/2776/contents/made); scientific and archaeological diving at work should adhere to the Scientific and Archaeological Approved Code of Practice (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l107.htm)
ESD/AESD issuing authority respectively authority providing national equivalence list to ESD/AESD: UK Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee (SDSC; http://www.uk-sdsc.com)
Level of acceptance of scientific diving licences (i.e. ESD/AESD certificates) of other European countries: Both ESD and AESD are fully accepted licences to dive at work in the UK and are approved by the UK HSE.
Additional remarks: none
Last modified according to national contributions on x by (y): 29.09.2013(pf)