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ADNOC is the de facto regulatory body for HSE for the oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi and the Codes of Practice are a key component of ADNOC's regulatory responsibilities. 

The ADNOC HSE Codes of Practice (COP) are the standards by which the Group manages HSE.  They are ADNOC specific and refer to UAE Laws & Regulations, standards already in place in the Group Companies, and standards used by the international oil & gas industry.

Codes of Practices articulate broad common guidelines and detailed standards on the entire range of HSE issues in the ADNOC Group.  Essentially, the Codes of Practices document how ADNOC wants the Group Companies to manage HSE and the criteria against which the Group Companies will be audited.

Click here to view the ADNOC "Manual of Codes of Practice". 

Please note that only authorized users have access to the manual.  For further information please contact ADNOC EH&S Division ( hse@adnoc.com)

The ADNOC ‘Manual of Codes of Practice’ contains:

  • Documents named Codes of Practice (CoP), which are high-level ‘standard setting’ documents that set out a series of principles that must be incorporated in Group Company systems and procedures. CoPs are mandatory and ADNOC Group Companies must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the CoPs either by showing that they have the necessary systems and procedures in place and/or by preparing additional systems and procedures to address identified ‘gaps’. It is the responsibility of Group Companies to prepare their own detailed systems and procedures as part of their HSE Management System.

  • Documents named Code of Practice Guidelines (CoP G/L), which provide ideas on how certain HSE issues may be approached. Unless stated otherwise, the CoP Guidelines are not mandatory, but it will be the responsibility of Group Companies to demonstrate that their chosen approach is at least as effective (in hazard/impact management and risk reduction terms) as the approach described in the relevant guideline.

  • Documents named Codes of Practice Best Practice Notes (CoP BPN), which provide detailed suggestions on how issues may be approached/managed. COP BPNs are not mandatory.

The documents contained in the ‘Manual of Codes of Practice’ are in various stages of completion ranging from early drafts to approved (for implementation). The phased approval process includes extensive consultation with the Group Companies, and is expected to take several years. Subsequent to their approval, the timeframe for implementation of each of the documents will be agreed between ADNOC and the Group Companies.

There remains a number of existing ADNOC Group Guidelines (AGG) that were issued prior to the ‘Manual of Codes of Practice’ being formulated. All AGGs have a mandatory nature and remain in force until they have been made obsolete i.e. replaced by formally approved ‘Manual of Codes of Practice’ documents.

All CoP and AGG documents reflect, at the time of being developed, best HSE management and regulatory practice – regional and international – and HSE standards used by the international oil & gas industry. The documents contained in the ‘Manual of Codes of Practice’ will be subject to periodic review to ensure continued correctness and applicability.

Any queries concerning the use of ‘Manual of Codes of Practice’ and AGG documents should be addressed to ADNOC EH&S Division, the document custodian (hse@adnoc.com).

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