Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

Process to become Party to the PSMA

The PSMA opened for signature in November 2009, and remained open for one year. In that time, seventeen FAO Members signed; however, a signature does not make a country Party to the PSMA.

To become Party to the PSMA, an original instrument of adherence should be deposited with the FAO Director-General. For PSMA signatories, this instrument could be one of acceptance, ratification or approval while for non-signatories, this is an instrument of accession.

The diagram on this page explains the straightforward process involved:


An instrument of adherence template for both PSMA signatories and non-signatories could be requested from the Secretariat.