GUIDELINES IN RESPECT OF THE USE OF IACS PUBLICATIONS BY THE PUBLIC
IACS publications and written materials available on the IACS website (including
Resolutions, Recommendations, Guidelines and the Blue Book) ("IACS Publications") are
protected by copyright. The copyright will be infringed if the whole or a substantial part of
the IACS Publications is reproduced without IACS' permission.
IACS Members and any other entity which has received confirmation from IACS that it is a
"Classification Society" in accordance with Section C of IACS' Procedures, Volume 21, are
free to use IACS Publications in connection with their business, including by embedding
such material in their own classification rules in accordance with IACS Procedures,
Volume 1, C5, without IACS' permission.
From time to time, the IACS Permanent Secretariat or individual Members receive
requests from entities other than IACS Members and non-IACS Classification Societies
for consent to reproduce IACS Publications on third party websites or in printed
publications. Any such requests shall be handled in accordance with these Guidelines.
2. DEALING WITH REQUESTS FOR CONSENT
Requests received by individual Members are to be forwarded to the IACS Permanent
Secretariat for a decision. In considering a request for consent to reproduce the whole or
part of an IACS Publication, the following three factors shall be considered by the IACS
(a) the IACS Publication to which the request relates;
(b) the purpose for which it will be used;
(c) who the requesting party is (e.g. industry partner, IMO, flag State or other third
The Permanent Secretariat may refer certain requests to GPG.
3. THE IACS PUBLICATION
As defined in Annex 4 of the IACS Charter, IACS Resolutions are Unified Requirements
(URs), including Common Structural Rules, Unified Interpretations (UIs) and Procedural
Subject to the considerations set out at paragraphs 4 and 5 below, requests relating to
Resolutions, excluding Common Structural Rules (CSR), shall generally be granted.
3.2 Common Structural Rules
As defined in Annex 4 of the IACS Charter, Common Structural Rules (CSR) means the
comprehensive set of minimum requirements for the classification of the hull structures of
double-hull oil tankers and bulk carriers.
Requests relating to CSR shall be dealt with in accordance with the copyright ownership
agreement entered into on 29 June 2006 between the Members.
3.3 IACS Blue Book
Subject to the considerations set out at paragraphs 4 and 5 below, requests relating to the
IACS Blue Book shall rarely be granted unless the over-riding purpose of the proposed
publication is the common good of classification.
3.4 Other IACS Publications
Requests in relation to any other IACS Publication shall be considered on a case by case
basis in accordance with the considerations set out at paragraphs 4 and 5 below.
4. THE PURPOSE
In all cases requests should not be granted where the consent is sought for publication of
the whole or part of an IACS Publication for an entirely, or predominantly, commercial
reason, such as an inclusion in a subscription service.
Requests relating to publication of an IACS Publication as part of a work of research
should generally be granted, unless the requesting party intends to charge for the
publication for which it is seeking IACS' consent.
5. THE REQUESTING PARTY
Requests from non-profit entities, such as trade associations, should generally be granted
and requests from commercial, profit making, entities should rarely be granted, especially
where the request pertains to the entirety of an IACS Publication and where the use to
which the IACS Publication will be put is entirely or predominantly commercial in nature.
6. TERMS OF CONSENT
If the request is granted the IACS Permanent Secretariat shall respond to the person
making the request in writing granting consent on behalf of IACS.
Such consent shall include a full description of the use being permitted and state that the
IACS Terms and Conditions apply (and enclose a copy of the Terms and Conditions). The
Terms and Conditions contain a disclaimer of liability in relation to the content of the IACS
Publications and an obligation on the person granted consent to acknowledge IACS as
No fees shall be attached to the consent.
1 Such entities are referred to in these Guidelines as "non-IACS Classification Societies".