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Guidelines for competent authority response and investigation of offshore incidents


Discussions with Member States’ representatives at the European Union Offshore Authorities Group (EUOAG) have identified the need for sharing good practice concerning Competent Authority investigations to ensure better consistency of approaches. The JRC has therefore developed these guidelines for Competent Authority response and investigation of offshore incidents, based on its experience of undertaking advisory support for a number of Competent Authorities on inspection- and investigation-related issues, and the training course which it ran for Competent Authorities – in collaboration with the Romanian Regulatory Competent Authority for Offshore Oil Operations at the Black Sea (ACROPO) – in February 2019 in Bucharest, Romania. This guidance document is primarily aimed at those Member States with less mature offshore industries and investigation procedures, and should provide a common understanding about Competent Authority investigation responsibilities.