Technical & safety

Our main areas of work include:

Recreational craft 

RCD banner EBI edited 2015 lightFrom 18 January 2017, companies - whether they are manufacturers, importers or distributors - are obliged to sell products compliant with the "new" EU Directive on watercraft 2013/53/EU which officially applies in all 28 Member States, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), and Switzerland which applies this Directive voluntarily with some extra requirements.

To help companies understand the changes brought by the new EU Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft, European Boating Industry and ICOMIA developed a guide. This guide provides you with all information necessary to safely manufacture, import, distribute and sell your products on the EU single market, EEA and Switzerland.

The guide is available for download as PDF for all devices (2.99 EUR) in the following languages:

Downloadable online standards!

Thanks to AFNOR - French standarisation body, members of FIN (our French Federation of Nautical Industries) can profit from an access to the main ISO standards online (in both French and English). Unfortunately, at the moment only the companies registered in France can be a member of FIN.

Personal flotation devices & diving equipment

The new EU Regulation 2016/425 (replacing the personal protective equipment Directive 89/686/EEC), covering among others lifejackets and buoyancy aids, entered into force in 2016. The main change for manufacturers of personal flotation devices has been the move of product category from PPE II to PPE III, implying stricter evaluation requirements for the products. On the EU-type examination certificate, a maximum validity of 5 years had been kept. It was stressed however that in case of a positive review, a renewed certificate may continue to be valid for further periods (each of which maximum of 5 years).

Personal flotation devices (lifejackets) used for leisure purposes (i.e. not SOLAS ones used for maritime transport) must be compliant and meet the basic health and safety requirements of the current EU Directive on personal protective equipment 89/686/EEC until 21 April 2018. To benefit from the presumption of conformity, manufacturers should use the harmonised standard ISO 12402. Only the notified bodies accredited under the Directive 89/686/EEC can carry out the conformity assessment. Consult the list of notified bodies.

As of 21 April 2018, lifejackets have to meet the requirements set out in EU Regulation 2016/425. The harmonised standard will continue to provide presumption of conformity as it will continue to be reviewed and updated when necessary. As mentioned, the product conformity assessment procedures have been made stricter and are described in the Regulation. Notified bodies already should have and need to apply to be accredited to this new Regulation to continue operating legally.

You can find the full text of the new EU Regulation 2016/425 in all EU languages.

Port reception facilities for waste

The Directive 2000/59/EC has recently been evaluated (public consultations finished in October 2016) to assess its effectiveness and efficiency and point out problem areas, which could be addressed in a possible review of the Directive to improve and simplify the legislative framework and reduce regulatory costs. The final REFIT evaluation report has been published and the Commission is undertaking various actions to respond to the shortcomings identified.

The Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues was adopted in 2000 with the aim of protecting the marine environment by reducing the discharge of waste into the seas. The Directive applies to commercial ports, as well as marinas, regardless of size. There are a number of obligations under the Directive, which include:

- Each port/marina must provide adequate port reception facilities to meet the needs of ships normally using its facilities.

- Ports and marinas must develop and implement a waste reception and handling plans.

On 22 May 2013 at the occasion of the European Maritime Day held in Malta, European Boating Industry participated in the workshop on port reception facilities - towards sustainable marine tourism in Europe. Following the publication of the legislative proposal in January 2018, the European Parliament has been working on the directive on Port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships.The Environment Committee gave its opinion and proposes amendments. The rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs of the European Parliament proposed to exempt small non-commercial ports, characterised by only recreational and light traffic, from the obligation to set up a waste reception and treatment plan, in order not to impose on them a disproportionate administrative burden.The vote in the Transport and Tourism Committee, which is the lead Committee, was scheduled for October 9, 2018 and saw the adoption of the report, which gave a mandate to the Rapporteur to start negotiations with the Council to finalise the text of the new law.

Passenger ships

On 6 June 2016 the European Commission adopted a number of legislative proposals related to the common rules on safety of ships carrying passengers in EU waters, as the result of its “Fitness Check”. European Boating Industry has been following the file closely, as it has implications for companies building, beside their leisure activity, small passenger vessels used for domestic voyages. During the revision process European Boating Industry joined forces with the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA) to address a series of common issues that have raised concern for both organisations. These proposals are now being discussed by co-legislators and the Commission will follow up on the remaining recommendations of the “Fitness Check”, such as increasing the level of survivability of passenger ships in damaged condition at international level and developing a set of new, goal based standards for small passenger ships built from other materials such as fibre-reinforced plastic.

When it comes to drafting an EU Small Craft Code, European Boating Industry and ECSA support this approach for vessels below 24m and have joined the subgroup responsible for work to be carried out at EU level.

Learn more about the passenger ship safety.