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Shipping companies may vary by type of operation, their size, management philosophy, private or public status ets. This, of course, leads to differences among company systems where differing management systems and vocabularu are used. This guidance was prepared by ISF and ICS in order to serve as some kind of a template to be used for the review of companies compliance programmes that are adopted in accordance with existing regulatory requirement. Such requirements are developed by IMO and this framework is also supported by such international organizations as OCIMF, BIMCO, SIGTTO, Intertanko and Intercargo.