The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships. VSP operates under the authority of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. Section 264 Quarantine and Inspection Regulations to Control Communicable Diseases).
VSP is part of the National Center for Environmental Health's Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. More about VSP »
VSP 2011 Operations Manual [PDF - 4.88 MB]
Changes from 2005 Version (highlighted) [PDF - 4.89 MB]
Clarifications to the VSP 2011 Operations Manual [PDF - 521 KB]
VSP 2011 Construction Guidelines [PDF - 4.88 MB]
Changes from 2005 Version (highlighted) [PDF - 2.92 MB]
Clarifications to the VSP 2011 Construction Guidelines [PDF - 162 KB]
2015 VSP Seminar Dates – Miami and Seattle
Infographic showing the eight specific areas inspectors evaluate on ships.
Send electronic greeting cards on hand washing and cruises.
Handwashing recommendations for the cruising public.
Cruise Ship Inspection
Click here to learn about what VSP inspects on ships.
- Page last reviewed: November 30, 2015
- Page last updated: October 27, 2015
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