A panel convened to review the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has revealed that federal officials sometimes mistakenly presume that other agencies have fully certified that a proposed drilling platform is suitable for the job.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement chief David Dykes said inspectors from his agency have mistakenly assumed certifications issued by the American Bureau of Shipping were certification for the entire drilling platform.

Dykes was speaking about the system of certification in general, and did not refer specifically to the Deepwater Horizon platform.

The officials acknowledged that they have over-relied on information furnished by the oil industry about safety compliance, reports CNN news.

The panel proposes to come up with a report by late October about what caused the BP oil spill and how to prevent such disasters in the future.