Europe and the Recreational Craft Directive
The European Commission promotes the growth of the small craft sector and some of the recent initiatives are summarised here.
A new Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) came into effect at the beginning of 2016. There is a transitional period of one year and the Directive 2013/53/EU will be effective from 1 January 2017.
The text of the New Directive can be found here.
A consolidated guide to the application of the Directive can be found here.
For MIASA members an easy to use comparative table from ICOMIA/EBI Guide is available through the member log in. This shows the Essential Requirements from both Directives along with corresponding harmonised standards.
Click here for additional information on the harmonised standards.
The European Commission has legislative oversight of boats imported into Europe. There are a number of certified bodies that provide CE certification of boats against the Recreational Craft Directive, which can be viewed here.
International Marine Certification Institute
The International Marine Certification Institute as an independent external body that provides a valuable certification service to manufacturers who desire to market their boats, yachts, and certain components in the European Union. After successful assessment the customers of IMCI will be able to display the CE-mark on products which are covered by the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC as amended by Directive 2003/44/EC. This allows the free and open access to all 27 countries of the European Union.
The Boating South Africa CEO is an active Board member of the International Marine Certification Institute, a non-profit certification body based in Belgium. IMCI provides checklists and application forms for boats, engines and components. Please refer to their
IMCI provides checklists and application forms for boats, engines and components. Please refer to their website for further details.
Peter Jacops, of Blue Peter Marine, is the IMCI inspector for South Africa and he will assist with your CE requirements. He can be contacted at P.Jacops@gmail.com or via his website.