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Safety Cases

Competent Authority Portal (‘CAP’) : Industry user guidance

EU Directive (2013/30/EU) on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations requires Member States to set up a Competent Authority (‘CA’) to oversee Industry compliance with the Directive and to undertake certain related functions such as accepting and/or assessing relevant submissions and inspecting relevant notifications. The CA functions are delivered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’) and the Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) working in partnership. The partnership formed for this purpose by BEIS and HSE is formally known as the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (‘OSDR’). OSDR agreed to develop an online portal for the submission of documents by the Industry and for the CA to carry out its functions as required under the Directive.

The guidance will provide information on the basic functions for Industry users in relation to Safety Case and any associated submissions.

Assessment Principles for Offshore Safety Cases (APOSC) sets out the principles against which OSDR assesses safety cases

The following framework diagram describes the process by which OSDR will assess safety cases.

The framework documents are currently being revised to reflect changes to processes following the new portal going live.  Safety Cases, Material Changes and Thorough Reviews are all now submitted via an online portal.

Topic specialist assessment templates have been developed for all topic disciplines for use by OSDR topic specialists to assist in the assessment of safety cases.

Duty holders are asked to complete, as a minimum, the Safety Case Initial Review template, which significantly speeds up the assessment process. Duty holders are also strongly encouraged to complete other topic discipline templates, as experience has found this speeds up the assessment process further, and improves the quality of regulatory submissions.

Updated: 2017-11-29