Boats between 2.5m and 24m in length must conform to the RCD in order to be sold/used in Europe (and a growing list of non-EU countries). The Directive also requires engines & some boat components to be CE marked in their own right, if they are to be fitted to recreational craft.
A new RCD (2013/53/EU) is currently in transition phase. It will displace the current legislation for the CE marking of boats on 18th January 2017. Until then, manufacturer’s may choose to use the current or new legislation. For full details of what is to come, click here: details of the new Recreational Craft Directive. HPiVS is formally accredited for both RCD I and RCD II.
Since 1st of January 2010, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has required boats that are to be compliant with their Offshore Special Regulations, to have their scantlings certified. ISAF themselves issue the certificate but a review of scantlings must be performed by a RCD Notified Body that is specially recognised by ISAF. HPiVS is one of the seven bodies that has been recognised.
The procedure requires the owner or builder to apply to the Notified Body, not ISAF, for their review.
Our recently launched Clearwater™ Rating assessment scheme, provides an independent and unbiased evaluation of a vessel’s environmental performance. Clearwater™ takes a different and more representative view of environmental performance to other rating schemes, focusing on how well the boat is designed to prevent pollutants from entering the air and water in which it operates, and not just on the manufacture of the vessel or it’s recyclability.
The PED applies to the design and manufacture (but NOT operation) of pressure equipment with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar (gauge). Any single product or assembly that contains such a pressure falls within the scope & must be CE marked.
Safety Accessories, such as a pressure or temperature switch, that does not contain pressure, also fall within the scope if used to control pressure equipment.
For a vessel to fall into the scope of SPVD, it must:
The Directive has other limitations to it’s scope. A vessel falling outside the scope of SPVD falls into the scope of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).
The Machinery Directive covers a very wide range of products as a machine is defined as “an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves”. The Directive also applies to lifting accessories & safety components.
The Directive has a specific list of machine types that must be certified by a Notified Body. All other machines may self-certify or appoint a Notified Body to issue a “voluntary” statement of conformity.
The Pressure Equipment Category Calculator is a fast tool to determine the category for the EU Pressure Equipment Directive (PED). Once the category is determined, the conformity assessment regime (module) can be selected.