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Certification of recreational crafts according to Recreational Craft Directive(RCD)

  • As for 18 January 2016 new RCD Directive 2013/53/EU is applicable. However, it does include one year transitional period during which both directives (94/25/EC and 2013/53/EU) will be applicable.
  • Effect to the manufacturers
  • Article 55.1 of the RCD 2013/53/EU guarantees the applicability of the old RCD 94/25/EC until 17 January 2017. Manufacturers are allowed to place products on the market under the old regime and notified bodies are allowed to assess and certify them until the 17 January 2017.
  • Effect to the notified bodies
  • There will be two lists of notified bodies during the transitional period. Bodies notified to the old RCD 94/25/EC will listed until 17 January 2017. Bodies notified to the new 2013/53/EU are continually added as soon as they are notified by their national administrations and successfully pass the objection period of 2 weeks.
  • Effect to the to the lists of harmonised standards
  • During the transitional period there will be two lists of harmonised standards and will be applicable and published in the Official Journal of the EU.
  • List of harmonised standards providing presumption of conformity to the RCD 94/25/EC will be kept until 17 January 2017. List of harmonised standards providing presumption of conformity to the RCD 2013/53/EU is applicable from the date of its first publication - the 12th February 2016. Some standards published in the list providing presumption of conformity to the 94/25/EC are missing in the list providing presumption of conformity to the 2013/53/EU. These standards will be added to the list of harmonised standards for Directive 2013/53/EU as soon as the European Standardisation Organisations update the particular annexes indicating to what extent the standard provides presumption of conformity to the essential requirements of the new Directive 2013/53/EU.

 

Certification of recreational crafts according to Directive 94/25, as amended by the Directive 2003/44/EC

Croatian Register of Shipping as a Notified Body (No. 2489) provides certification of recreational craft under Directive 94/25/EC, as amended by the Directive 2003/44/EC (RCD).

Directive 94/25/EC is applied to recreational craft of any type, any propulsion, of hull length from 2.5 meters up to 24 meters, completely or partly equipped, or to their components.

Detailed scope of Directive 94/25/EC application and the list of products excluded from the scope of the Directive (Application scope of Directive 94/25).

The list of the EU law regulations specifying requirements concerning the certification of the recreational craft for conformity with RC Directive (http://eur-lex.europa.eu)

The Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach is intended to contribute to a better understanding of EU product rules and to their more uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the single market (Blue guide).

Directive 94/25/EC introduce the division of recreational craft for 4 design categories (Design categories of recreational crafts).

The manufacturer chooses the conformity assessment procedure (Procedures for conformity assessment) according to module(s),which shall be applied at the certification of the recreational craft, taking into account design category and hull length.

On the list of about 60 harmonised standards with directive 94/25/EC there are two standards, whose application in the certification process is obligatory: EN ISO 8666 Standard-Principal data and EN ISO 10087 Standard-Small Craft-Craft identification-Coding system (Assignment and CIN number)

Manufacturers of complete recreational or their components subject to CE marking are obliged to attach Conformity Declaration to each product. Information concerning Conformity Declaration, Declaration forms and their filling instructions are available on website www.rsg.be and on website www.icomia.com.

Manufacturers, designers and other persons interested in certification of recreational craft or its components are advise to contact CRS where we will provide necessary information to ensure a reliable and competitive offer and professionally through the process to fulfilling conditions for labelling your products CE mark and be with you and upon fulfilling the conditions to support you in your daily work.

Send us Application form (QF-PTO-14) for the conformity assessment under RC Directive.

Submitting application does not mean an obligation to use our service, it is only basis to prepare our offer for your Company.

 

Any Inquiries


If you have any doubts as regard module that shall be applied, applicable procedures related to certification of your product or if you need to obtain further information on our services please contact:

Croatian Register of Shipping
Marasovica 67
21000 Split
REPUBLIC OF CROATIA


Person in charge:

Sandra Kulenovic
Phone:+ 385 (0)21 408 162
Facsimile: + 385 (0)21 358 159
e-mail: sandra.kulenovic@crs.hr



Application scope of Directive 94/25/EC


The Directive shall apply:
  1. with regard to design and construction:
    • recreational craft and partly completed boats of hull length from 2.5 m to 24 m,
    • personal watercraft,
    • components of recreational craft it refers to
      • ignition-protected equipment for inboard and stern drive engines,
      • start-in-gear protection devices for outboard engines,
      • steering wheels,
      • steering mechanisms and cable assemblies,
      • fuel tanks intended for fixed installations and fuel hoses,
      • prefabricated hatches and portlights;
  2. With regard to exhaust emissions:
    • propulsion engines which are installed or specifically intended for installation on or in recreational craft,
    • propulsion engines installed on or in these craft that are subject to a major engine modification;
  3. with regard to noise emissions:
    • recreational craft with stern drive engines without integral exhausts or inboard propulsion engine installations,
    • recreational craft with stern drive engines without integral exhausts or with inboard propulsion installations which are subject to a major craft conversion and subsequently placed on the Community market within five years following conversion,
    • personal watercraft,
    • outboard engines and stern drive engines with integral exhausts intended for installation on recreational craft.

The Directive 94/25/EC is not applicable with regard to:

  • craft intended solely for racing, including rowing racing boats and training rowing boats, labelled as such by the manufacturer,
  • canoes and kayaks, gondolas and pedalos,
  • sailing surfboards,
  • surfboards, including powered surfboards,
  • original historical craft and individual replicas thereof designed before 1950, built predominantly with the original materials and labelled as such by the manufacturer,
  • experimental craft, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community market,
  • craft built for own use, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community market during a period of five years,
  • craft specifically intended to be crewed and to carry passengers for commercial purposes, in particular those defined in Council Directive 82/714/ EEC of 4 October 1982 laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels, regardless of the number of passengers,
  • submersibles,
  • air cushion vehicles,
  • hydrofoils


Design categories of recreational crafts

Design category Wind force
(Beaufort scale)
Significant wave height
(H 1/3, metres)
A – Ocean > 8 >4
A – Offshore ≤ 8 ≤ 4
C – Inshore ≤ 6 ≤ 2
D - Sheltered waters ≤ 4 ≤ 0,3

Definitions

A – OCEAN: Designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 m and above but excluding abnormal conditions, and vessels largely self-sufficient.
B – OFFSHORE: Designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to, and including, wind force 8 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 4 m may be experienced.
C – INSHORE: Designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers where conditions up to, and including, wind force 6 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2 m may be experienced.
D – SHELTERED WATERS: Designed for voyages on sheltered coastal waters, small bays, small lakes, rivers and canals when conditions up to, and including, wind force 4 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0,3 m may be experienced, with occasional waves of 0.5 m maximum height, for example from passing vessels.



Procedures for conformity assessment applied in Directive 94/25/EC


In all directives of “new approach”, modules for product conformity assessment have been introduced. Procedures for modules A, Aa, B, C, D, F, G and H are described in Annexes V – XII to Directive 94/25/EC, and for module E in Annex XVI to Directive 2003/44/EC. Available conformity assessment modules are presented in Table 1.


Table 1.

 

 

Product Type/Design Category

Available Modales

Design and construction

Recreational craft

2,5 m < hull length < 12 m

12m < hull length < 24 m

 

A/"Ocean"

Aa, B+C, B+D, B+E, B+F, G or H

 

 

B / "Offshore"

 

 

 

A, Aa, B+C3-D, B+E, B-F, G or H If harmonised standard for stability and buoyancy

B+C, B+D, B+E,

 

C/Inshore"

are complied with

B+F, G or H

 

A, Aa, B+C.B-D, B+E, B-F, G or H If harmonised standard for stability and buoyancy

 

 

 

are not complied with

 

 

D / "Sheltered Water»"

A. Aa. B+C, B+D, B+E, B+F, G or H

 

Description:

MODULE A: Internal conformity assessment and production control by the manufacturer himself who draws up a written declaration of conformity containing the information given in Annex XV.

MODULE Aa: This is Module A ,plus test of stability and buoyancy carried out on the responsibility of the notified body, which issues an examination report

MODULE B: Covers EC type-examination; the notified body issues an EC type-examination certificate for a representative production sample which it has assessed in accordance with the essential safety requirements. This module applies only to the design phase and must be followed up by the manufacturer applying a module providing for assessment in the production phase.

MODULE C: Covers the manufacturer's declaration on the basis of conformity to type, approved by the notified body(Module B above)

MODULE D: Supplements Module B. Derives from Quality Assurance standard EN ISO 9002 with the notified body responsible for approving and controlling the quality system for production, final production inspection and testing set up by the manufacturer.

MODULE E: Supplements Module B. Derives from Quality Assurance standard EN ISO 9003 with the notified body responsible for approving and controlling the quality system for final product inspection and testing set up by the manufacturer.

MODULE F: Supplements Module B. Covers product verification at the production phase, with the involvement of a notified body, which controls conformity to type and issues the certificate of conformity.

MODULE G: Covers unit verification of the design and production phase of each product controlled by a notified body, which issues a certificate of conformity.

MODULE H: Derives from the quality assurance standard EN ISO 9001 with the intervention of a notified body responsible for approving and controlling the quality system for design, production, final product inspection and testing set up by the manufacturer.



Assignment of CIN number


The requirements concerning the assignment of CIN number are specified in EN ISO 10087: 2007 Standard Small Craft – Craft identification – Coding system.

CIN (Craft Identification Number), i.e. identification number of a recreational craft, is a unique series of numerals, letters and hyphen, permanently affixed to a craft hull. It comprises:

  • identification code of the country of manufacturer (HR for Croatia);
  • identification code of the manufacturer (a manufacturer is any natural or legal person, who is responsible for introduction of recreational craft on the market);
  • serial number;
  • month and year of production;
  • model year.

CIN shall consist of 14 consecutive characters plus a hyphen, without intervening spaces, solidi (slashes) and dashes.

Two first two characters, followed by a hyphen, designate the code of the country in which the craft was manufactured, as specified in the ISO alpha-2 code in ISO 3166-1.

The next three characters are the unique identification code of the manufacturer, so called MIC (Manufacturer Identification Code), assigned by a national authority or recognised organisation. These characters may be numerals and/or letters, except for numerals 0 and 1.

The following five characters indicate the unique serial number of the craft. The serial number may consist of numerals and/or letters, except for letters I, O and Q.

The last four characters designate the month and year of production, and the model year.

Month Code Month Code
January A July G
February B August H
March C September I
April D October J
May E November K
June F December L

The year of manufacture shall be identified by the last numeral of the production year.

The model year is a 12-month period, during which the particular craft model is intended to be introduced on the market for the first time and it shall be identified by the last two numerals of the year in question. If this 12-months period overlaps two calendar years, the manufacturer shall decide which year is the model year.

Example CIN: HR-ABCXXX01A313, where:

Time of CIN marking

The CIN shall be affixed to the craft during its construction or assembly. In no case shall the craft be put on the market without the CIN being affixed.

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