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International collaboration

The petroleum industry is a global business, and has established international fora for collaboration. It is therefore natural that the regulatory authorities also collaborate on common safety-related challenges.

Norwegian government agencies are active and agenda-setting participants in many international safety-related fora today.

Bringing together safety regulators for petroleum activities in the North Sea basin, this body has pursued a number of projects over the years.

These have aimed to reduce differences between formal national requirements for technical, operational and educational aspects of the petroleum industry in these waters.

The International Regulators’ Forum (IRF) occupies a key position in the global arena. This organisation has appointed working parties to deal with issues of shared interest.

Every second or third year, the forum organises a conference for safety regulators worldwide and for industry delegates to discuss relevant issues and possible solutions to them.

The Arctic Offshore Regulators' Forum (AORF) is a cooperative forum comprising the safety agencies of the USA, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Its purpose is to discuss and evaluate safety-related threats and opportunities, in order to promote a high level of safety in petroleum activities in the Arctic.

Research: ICRARD
The International Committee on Regulatory Research and Development (ICRARD) serves as an arena for information sharing and experience transfer within HSE research in the petroleum industry.

Its aim is to spread knowledge of the work being done so that similar activities do not necessarily need to be repeated in other countries.

Other international collaboration organisations

  • The Offshore Mechanical Handling Equipment Committee (OMHEC)
    Dedicated to improving safety in crane and lifting operations, this body has ensured the effective development of guidance documents for use by the industry.
  • The European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC) 
    Common frameworks for specifying the educational qualifications of diving personnel are a visible result of activities in this body. Work is currently under way on harmonisation with the official EU system in order to secure formal recognition of the organisation’s work.

Bilateral cooperation
Through bilateral cooperation with other shelf authorities in Northern Europe, we are helping at expert level to respond to internationalisation within the sector, in particular through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Bilateral cooperation agreements have been established concerning, for instance, fields and pipelines that cross shelf boundaries. The agreements regulate cooperation on supervising operating companies, fields and facilities, in addition to exchanging safety information. 

Bilateral cooperation agreements have also been established in specific areas of interest, such as OHAS.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway also cooperates with Russia on the special challenges entailed by the development of oil and gas activities in the High North.