Competence Standards For Physicians Of Occupational Diving And
Tunnelling Companies


This document was prepared following consultation among the members of EDTC and detailed discussion in the EDTC Medical Subcommittee.

(ISSUED, January 2019)

EDTC Guidance on Safe Working Practices in Commercial Diving


The purpose of this guidance is to prevent accidents, injuries and diving related diseases during diving work and to create a common minimum standard for geographic Europe

(ISSUED, 10 December 2018)

EDTC Competence Standard


This document was prepared following consultation among the members of EDTC and detailed discussion in the EDTC Work Group. Final approval of the document was given by the EDTC members in March, 2018…

(UPDATED, March 2018)

Guidance for Diving on Renewable Energy Projects


This guidance document is intended to cover all diving operations carried out in connection with renewable energy projects. This includes wind, wave and tidal energy production and distribution schemes…

Goal-setting Principles for Harmonised Diving Standards in Europe


This document is a high level guidance document which aims to provide a common basis for the development of European standards for safe diving and to assist in the development of national diving regulations within Europe and elsewhere. The document describes main issues when performing a diving operation and it should be applicable for all diving operations, either in onshore, inshore or offshore operations.
(UPDATED 27.03.2015)

Training Objectives for a Diving Medicine Physician


The purpose of this document is to define more closely the training objectives in diving physiology and medicine that need to be met by doctors already fully accredited or board-certified in a clinical speciality to national standards…
(UPDATED 18.12.2013)

Training standards for diving and hyperbaric medicine


These educational and training standards are the result of some years of international discussion and extensive educational experience both in diving and hyperbaric medicine. It is based on two main documents:

  1. “Educational and Training Standards for the Staff of Hyperbaric Medical Centres” written in 1997 by Jordi Desola, representative of the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM), and Jurg Wendling, representative of the European Diving Technical Committee (EDTC) for the Joint Educational Subcommittee of the ECHM and EDTC.
  2. “Training Objectives for a Diving Medicine Physician based on current ECHM, EDTC and DMAC sources” prepared by David Elliott with subsequent input from members of the EDTC and DMAC committees and from several non-European members of the Pisa Initiative.


Those documents have been reviewed by the members of the Joint Educational Subcommittee of the ECHM and the EDTC. Training Objectives for a Hyperbaric Medicine Physician were added (initially prepared by Wilhelm Welslau and Jacek Kot). Based on modular structure of the training course, teaching hours which are necessary for fulfil those training objectives were proposed for both level 2D (Diving Medicine) and level 2H (Hyperbaric Medicine).

Policy and guidance for co-operation and membership


Policy for guidance how to co-operate with associations, companies and other organizations and how to handle membership in some cases.
(Document Nr: EDTC-IN-001-1/14)

Fitness to dive standard


Commercial divers, being highly specialised professionals are often working in international waters or inshore in foreign countries. Different regulations result in complications of mutual recognition of certifications. Until now, no European or international standard has been in use and the British Health and Safety Executive has abandoned a practice of evaluating foreign certifications that eventually were considered equivalent to the British HSE Standards.