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The RCD or Recreational Craft Directive became mandatory in 1998 and was designed to remove the trade barrier between the different European Countries. Before the RCD, a boat had to be certified by each different member state. Since the introduction of the RCD there is only one set of rules for the whole European Economic Area. The RCD is based on International Standards (ISO) which are drawn up and approved by the industry bodies of 22 participating countries and 19 observing countries around the world. These standards are reviewed every 5 years in order to keep them updated with the latest technological developments.

WinchPeter Jacops has been working as a CE inspector since 1998 and he is an official inspector for the International Marine Certification Institute. IMCI is a European Union based, independent, non-profit organisation committed to adding value to the worldwide recreational craft industry by assessing compliance of companies, products, services and experts with the highest recognised standards of quality and safety. Customer satisfaction can only be achieved with highly qualified and motivated staff and with the help of the most advanced technology.

Note: There are over 70 separate countries / territories around the world that are within the EU / EEA. Click on the linkto see a map of the applicable countries and territiories.

 

 

 

How do I start a CE inspection?

Of course the best start is a phone call to Blue Peter Marine where we will explain you in details how to go through the process. But for those of you who already want to know, here is how it goes:

Blue Peter Marine sends you a quote as well as a Certification agreement with IMCI.  From your side you should ensure that your designer supplies you with sufficient drawings as well as scantling- (construction) and stability calculations. These should preferably be in accordance with ISO standards, although it is not strictly mandatory it is advisable to use these standards since they are the only ones mentioning design categories.

Second step is to print all the applicable checklists from the IMCI website (if you are not sure just ask us for help it's free). Distribute the checklists to the responsible employees,   (the employee  in charge of the electrical system will not necessarily be the same as the one making the owner’s  manual). You should encircle yes, no or N.A. in the first column, the second column is for confirmation by the inspector during his visit. Each checklists is based on the ISO standards. The wording are an abbreviation of the full content to be found in the standard and the reference number on the checklist is the same as in the standard. Therefore although they are a useful memento, it is still necessary to have the full text of the standard.

ISO standards are available on the SABS website , your own national standardization institute or with our Guided Application System which will always ensure you of using the latest version of the standard. Standards are updated every 5 years so ensure you have the latest version.

For a full EC-type certification you will have 3 survey visits from Peter Jacops: One during hull construction, one during the installation of the system (when boats is about 80% ready) and one when the boat is in the water. Of course more visits can be arranged if required. During the hull construction visit we will compare the build boat with the drawings and ensure that all is the same, if not we will ask you to adapt the drawings.

Make sure that the scantling calculations are still relevant. During the second visit we will inspect your system and make sure that what you ticked on the checklists is correct. If you are not sure about something rather leave it open.

Finally during the last visit we will ensure that all the variations have been solved and eventually we will witness the necessary stability tests. Once all the checklists are finished, the owner’s manual made, we will forward your application and your file to the head office in Brussels and it will take them approximately 3 weeks depending on the work load to go trough all the document and issue an EC-type certificate. With the EC-type certificate number you will be able to issue a declaration of conformity with each boat that you produce.

It might all seems a lot and complicated but remember that if you start the certification before the start of the construction, the whole process is divided over a long period. Blue Peter Marine has multiple "Tech-info" sheets available to help you as well as specially designed software for several forulas which we supply to our clients free of charge. Also remember Peter Jacops is there to help and assist you and only one phone call away and available 7 days a week. NO EXTRA CHARGE for any phone, Skype or email help.

 

Blue Peter Tracking System

From the moment you have returned your signed certification agreement we will provide you with a unique username and password this  will be enable to follow all the documents that you have already submitted to Blue Peter Marine and which one are still outstanding. (Please note that this only validate the reception of the documents and NOT the value of their contents.) Once all the documents are on "yes" your file will be submitted to the IMCI head office for approval. Once your file is received at head office you will receive a new username and password which will allow you to follow the status of your file at head office processing.