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UK - marine equipment certification (MER)

UK - marine equipment certification

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As a result of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is implementing the UK Conformity Assessment Scheme for certification of marine equipment.

Background:

  • Before the UK withdrew from the EU, its regulatory regime relied on the implementation of the EU’s marine equipment directive (2014/90/EU).
  • The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 with an agreement which included a transition period. During this transition period, the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and other EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK. However, the MED will no longer apply after the transition period has ended.
  • To allow businesses time to adjust, MED-approved equipment can continue to be placed on UK ships until 1 January 2023.
  • The MCA has implemented its own regulations to establish UK conformity assessment procedures for certification of marine equipment.

DNV is in the process of becoming accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS). Successful accreditation from the UKAS and approval from the MCA form the preconditions for acting as a UK Conformity Assessment Body.

Discussions with the MCA and UKAS about accreditation requirements and processes are ongoing. The formal accreditation request has been started. DNV is optimistic that the company will have an accreditation in place in due time. Therefore, DNV expects to be ready for UK marine equipment certification service when it will be required from the year 2023.

References to UK regulations:

FAQs:

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Will there be separate UK certificates, or an amendment to the MED certificates?

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The UK has implemented its own conformity assessment procedure for marine equipment with a separate set of certificates. Therefore, manufacturers will receive, after successful UK marine equipment certification, separate certificates

Can the existing MED certification be taken as a basis for the UK conformity assessment, or must a completely new type examination be carried out?

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Until there are no differences to the valid MED implementing regulation, the test reporting/ documentation from existing MED certification can be used to fulfil the UK conformity assessment requirements too. The relevant test requirements for UK marine equipment are described in MSN 1874 Amendment 5, Annex 1.

How long would the UK conformity assessment take?

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DNV plans not to change the established marine equipment certification process in general, which is well known by DNV customers. The certification depends on the product, possible re-use of the MED assessment and the UK conformity assessment.

Which products will be covered for UK marine equipment certification?

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All products within the scope of the UK marine equipment certification are described in MSN 1874 Amendment 5, Annex 1. DNV’s aim is to cover the full scope of UK conformity assessments products.

What would be the approximate costs?

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DNV will provide an offer for the UK marine equipment service to interested customers in good time. Please contact your local DNV office.

When will DNV offer the UK marine equipment service to customers?

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All EU notified bodies, according to the MED, must be accredited by the UKAS. The accreditation is a prerequisite for carrying out the UK conformity assessment procedure for maritime equipment. DNV is optimistic that the company will have accreditation in place in due time. This will enable customers to have the necessary certification of their products ready when it is required.

Is there any indication that there will be another one-year transition period for MED products as there is for the CE marking?

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According to the updated Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1874 (M+F) Amendment 5, the deadline has not been changed and is 1 January 2023.

Is the U.S. Coast Guard approval recognized for the UK conformity mark? Can customers request a U.S. Coast Guard approval from DNV to put the UK conformity mark on their products?

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No, the U.S. Coast Guard approval number is issued by DNV as an EU notified body according to US Mutual Recognition Agreement between the EU and the USA. A UK conformity assessment body only can certify marine equipment within the scope of the UK and US Mutual Recognition Agreement. The UK conformity mark (UK flag) can be affixed on the product after a positive UK conformity assessment.

Where can I download the UK marking (UK flag)?

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For marine equipment, the UK flag will have to be fixed instead of or added to the wheel mark. Information can be found in MSN 1874 (M+F) Amendment 5. Currently, there is no download available from DNV.

Is there a recognition agreement between the EU and UK like the UK and US Mutual Recognition Agreement?

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No, there is no Mutual Recognition Agreement between the UK and the EU.

The implementing regulation was apparently copied into MSN 1874, and the EU requirements were adopted. According to this, are we allowed to affix the UK mark on our products, as we hold valid EC certificates?

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No, the affixing of the UK mark is only allowed after a successful conformity assessment by a UK conformity assessment body. Manufacturers will receive, after positive UK marine equipment certification, separate certificates as evidence.

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