The regulatory deadline for IHM requirements is fast approaching.

October 14, 2020 Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is a structured system to control hazardous materials onboard ships and achieve compliance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and Hong Kong Convention (HKC) for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.From December 31, 2020, any ship which is 500 GT or over, regardless of flag, will require a valid and certified IHM on board if calling at an EU port or anchorage. Non-EU flagged vessels can also be certified against EU SRR by complying with the HKC IHM requirements.

Read our IHM requirements guide.

We offer end-to-end IHM services for both LR and non-LR classed ships for each stage of their lifecycle – new build, in-service or end of life.

Why is this important?

A comprehensively compiled IHM can help you minimise risk, potential liabilities, and enhance the safety of your ships’ crews by identifying, recording and controlling hazardous materials onboard your ships, in line with existing and forthcoming legislation.As well as assisting with your in-house management systems, you can demonstrate your commitment to safe and environmentally sound practices at the end of your ship’s life.

Technical insights from LR – Read IHM Technical Matters here.

Jennifer Riley-James, LR’s Senior Ship Recycling Specialist, shares her expertise on the upcoming IHM regulatory deadline, and considers how best to ensure that compliance with the regulation is a swift and straightforward process.

Why choose LR?

Our well established IHM service offers reputable and consistent global service delivery, helping to promote better hazard management and sustainable ship recycling. Since 2004, over 2,000 ships spanning both new construction and in service have entrusted LR to provide inventory certification services.

What we offer

LR offers end-to-end IHM services to both LR and non-LR classed ships. We provide an intuitive and competitively priced approval, verification, and certification service to ensure compliance with EU and HK legislation – for both newbuilds and existing ships.

Access to LR approved Hazardous Material Expert companies:

We have a list of independently LR approved companies who can provide you with expert IHM compilation and hazardous materials sampling/testing services against legislative requirements. To date we have checked and approved the procedures and operations of around 40 Hazardous Material expert companies.

Need help searching the database? Take a look at our IHM approved service supplier database user guide.

An easily editable IHM template:

Our simple, tried and tested IHM template is carefully designed against legislative requirements and allows easy compilation and maintenance of the IHM.

LR experts every step of the way:

A specialist from our dedicated IHM Approval Teams then takes care of the desktop approval, and finally a surveyor local to the vessel undertakes onboard verification and certification.


We will issue a statutory certificate against EU SSR (for  EU flagged ships) or Statement of Compliance (for non-EU flagged ships). We can also issue a Statement of Compliance against HKC at the same time for no additional charge.

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