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 Environmental Health Science and Practice. More about VSP »
NEW! VSP Annual Meeting January 16, 2019 – Miami
NEW! 2019 VSP Seminar Dates – Miami and Seattle
2018 VSP Seminar Dates – Miami
Infographic showing the eight specific areas inspectors evaluate on ships.
Handwashing recommendations for the cruising public.
Cruise Ship Inspection
Click here to learn about what VSP inspects on ships.
- Page last reviewed: April 27, 2018
- Page last updated: October 10, 2018
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