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Comité National pour la Plongée Scientifique [CNPS]
Thursday 18 May 2017
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL
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updated on June 26th, 2019

Scientific Diving by law
SD comes under mention B: technics, sciences, fishing, aquaculture, media and other interventions
*- Decree n ° 2011-45 of 11 January 2011 on the protection of workers working in hyperbaric environments
*- Ministerial Order of 12 December 2016 defining the procedures for training in the safety of workers exposed to hyperbaric risk
*- Ministerial Order of 14 May 2019 defining the procedures for entering, stay, leaving and organization of work for hyperbaric interventions carried out with immersion in the context of the mention B (replacing the Ministerial Order of 30 October 2012).

[List of certified centres for the CAH
The current validity of the CAH is 5 years. The validity of the previously delivered certificates (untill 31 December 2011) remains 10 years. An explanatory table is downloadable here.
The CAH renewal must have been obtain before the end of the last year of validity (10th or 5th year, depending of the date of issue). In any case, all CAH issued after the 1 January 2012 have a uniforme stop of validity on the 31 December 2021.

CNPS newsletter (in French)
n°4 - April 2019
n°3 - May 2017
n°2 - June 2016
n°1 - January 2016

Transitional note on Scientific SCUBA Diving of 8 March 2016 PDF. This note shoud be rapidly repealed , replaced by the order of the 14 May 2019.
Pending the writting of an updated hyperbaric safety manual and the revision of the 1998 CNRS instruction, the provisions of this transitional note were intended to clarify the position of the institution in the field of scientific SCUBA diving. Some parts of this note are in italics: these are the internal provisions taken at the CNRS, pending the publication of the statutory instruments.
As regards the medical supervision of scientific SCUBA divers, the decree of 28 March 1991 defining the recommendations to occupational physicians responsible for the medical supervision of workers working in hyperbaric environments has been repealed since 24 January 2016 by decree of 28 December 2015. However, The High Authority of Health has published recommendations of good practice (7 July 2016) PDF.


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