[Note that the QA Requirements have again been deferred.] On June 6, 2016, and again on July 7, 2016, NMC announced it is postponing the requirement that STCW assessments be signed off by a “Qualified Assessor.”  NMC anticipated that there would not be enough QAs to meet the requirement by the end of 2016, so the deadline was pushed back one year, to December 31, 2017.  Until that date, the standards for who can assess will continue to be those in effect now (NVIC 19-14).   Assessments signed off by December 31, 2017, with the signature of a non-QA, must be submitted by June 30, 2018, to be accepted.