International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)

The world’s principal ten classification societies make up the membership of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), along with two associate members. Ninety percent of the world’s cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification; design, construction and through-life compliance rules and standards set by these members. International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) devotes a great deal of its energy to establishing and upholding standards for the classification of ships. It has promoted a code of ethics to which it expects its members to adhere, and promotes transparency within the system of classification. In order to obtain membership of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), a classification society must satisfy demanding criteria on quality systems and procedures, and it has been known for societies to be suspended from membership for failing to uphold the standards required. International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has had to deal with much criticism of the system of classification following a series of serious maritime accidents where certification issued by one or more of its members have been called into question in the public domain. It has attempted to address the difficulty perceived by the public of the commercial aspects of classification society work influencing the standards applied to members’ tonnage. Those wishing to know more about International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)’ latest activities are recommended to look at www.iacs.org.uk.