IMR and its staff shall not engage in any activities that may conflict with their independence of judgement and integrity in relation to their statutory certification and services. IMR and its staff responsible for carrying out the statutory certification and services shall not be the designer, manufacturer, supplier, installer, purchaser, owner, user or maintainer of the item subject to the statutory certification and services, nor the authorized representative of any of these parties. IMR shall not be substantially dependent on a single commercial enterprise for its revenue.
The personnel of IMR shall be free from any pressures, which might affect their judgement in performing statutory certification and services. Procedures shall be implemented to prevent persons or organizations external to the organization from influencing the results of services carried out.
All potential customers shall have access to statutory certification and services provided by the RO without undue financial or other conditions. The procedures under which the RO operates shall be administered in a non-discriminatory manner.
IMR shall be governed by the principles of ethical behavior, which shall be contained in a Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics shall recognize the inherent responsibility associated with a delegation of authority to include assurance of adequate performance of services.
IMR shall define and document the responsibilities, authorities, qualifications and interrelation of personnel whose work affects the quality of its services.
Transparency reflects the principle of access to, or disclosure of, all information related to the statutory certification and services carried out by IMR on behalf of a flag State.
IMR shall communicate information to the flag State as described in the section on communication/cooperation with the flag State.