The Guidelines provide up-to-date information on the use of oil spill dispersants. They are intended
primarily for use by Member Governments and other oil spill responders and should be read with the
Manual on Oil Pollution, Section IV – Combating Oil Spills.
A first draft version of the text was presented to the thirty-fifth session (March 1994) of IMO’s Marine
Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) by the Government of France, acting through the Centre de
documentation de recherche et d’expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux (CEDRE).
A workshop was subsequently held in Brest (France). The resulting document was considered and
approved at the thirty-sixth session (October/November 1994) of the MEPC.