Accreditation under the French Code of the Environment
Cedre is accredited in accordance with article L. 211-5-1 of the French Code of the Environment by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and is responsible for conducting missions of general interest providing expertise and support for the authorities at sea, in sea ports, on the shoreline, in lakes and in watercourses.
This accreditation gave rise to an order issued on 16th August 2012.
It provides in particular for Cedre’s participation in:
- spill risk analysis, technical support for crisis management, response techniques and a permanent 24-hour emergency duty service to provide operational advice to the authorities concerned in the event of an incident
- the spontaneous transfer of all available relevant data to the Environment Ministry, the maritime authorities, as well as the regional health agencies concerned, in the event of a spill
- the provision of written, photographic and electronic information on all aspects of response to accidental water pollution
- advice on pollutants, their evolution, their fate, the risks they represent, applicable response methods and techniques, suitable equipment and products, operational data management
- the realisation of varied studies and experiments on pollutant behaviour and the assessment of response products and techniques
- the organisation of training courses by a team of professional trainers on the management of and response to oil or chemical spills at sea, in sea ports, on the shoreline, in lakes and in watercourses.
Civil protection accreditations
Cedre is accredited through the application of law 2004-811 of 13th August 2004 on the modernisation of civil protection and its decree of application 2006-237 of 27th February 2006.
An interdepartmental accreditation order from Ministry of Interior issued on 9th July 2015 officially recognises Cedre’s capacity to work alongside the government services in the management of accidental water pollution in French waters.
It provides for Cedre’s integration into the emergency system set up in the event of accidental pollution incidents upon request from the emergency operations manager and under the authority of the operations officer.
Authorisation to deliver national and international training courses
According to the Prime Minister’s instruction dated 4th March 2002 relating to pollution response in the marine environment (national POLMAR documentation), Cedre is tasked with continuing its training efforts in pollution response.
According to the order dated 16th August 2012, signed by the Water Director on behalf of the Minister, Cedre is qualified by article L.211-5-1 of the French Code of the Environment to provide expertise and support to the authorities on the management of and response to oil or chemical spills at sea, in sea ports and on the shoreline. These duties notably include the organisation of training courses.
According to the French order dated 20th June 2012, signed by the General Secretary for the Sea on behalf of the Prime Minister, Cedre is qualified to run pollution response training courses as outlined in the International Maritime Organization’s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC) adopted on 30th November 1990.