The Pre-Accession Procedure is a voluntary assessment step to the Accession Procedure. Its advantage is to offer a gap-analysis thereby providing a safe option for Competent Authorities which may not be able to meet immediately all PIC/S requirements for the Accession Procedure.
The Pre-Accession Procedure should be followed if your Inspectorate:
Based on the gap-analysis, the PIC/S Committee then decides on whether e.g. to:
Please note that the maximum timeframe for the pre-accession process is 2 years upon receipt of the completed Audit Checklist and Questionnaire (see below "Related Documents").
The Pre-accession Procedure serves to identify the gaps between PIC/S membership requirements and the system used by the interested Competent Authority. The Pre-Accession Procedure is not a form of consultancy and there will be no follow-up within the Pre-Accession Procedure of the corrective actions to overcome the identified gaps.
The Pre-Accession Procedure is described in detail in the Accession Guideline (see below "Related Documents").