Uscg Mutual Recognition Agreement
The agreement aims to simplify things for manufacturers who want both U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) accreditation and European Compliance Certificates (see definition). A mutual recognition agreement between the European Union and the United States came into force on 1 July 2004. Under the agreement, certain marine equipment received in the United States can be sold in the European Community and vice versa. The products are listed in an appendix to the Council`s 2004/425/EC decision. The products covered by this agreement will be published on the MarED website (MarEd: The Group of Notified Bodies for the Implementation of the Marine Equipment Directive). #6 devices that receive the USCG compliance mark in accordance with the MRA may, if necessary, be installed on board a European-flagged vessel from an EC or EEA-EFTA member country. #7 A manufacturer with the MED compliance mark submits an application to the USCG to the notified body that has issued MED certificates that approve the mark of compliance, or can apply to the USCG and obtain a certificate under the MRA. The certificate to be attached to the product must include the product number in Schedule A1 of the Swedish Maritime Administration regulations and the general guidelines for marine equipment. B, for example “A.1/4.1” for magnetic compasses.
#1 The MRA (Annex II) specifies the positions to be covered. In addition, the circular describes the operation of the MRA and answers some expected questions regarding the MRA`s approval process and compliance determination. #4 THE USCG will not accept the MED compliance mark instead of USCG registration numbers on U.S.-flagged vessels. Instead, the MRA offers the possibility of obtaining USCG approval for eligible products from EC-designated organizations or EEA-EFTA. #8 A manufacturer with a USCG authorization will file an Application for a Coast Guard MED Compliance Trademark or cancel the current USCG authorization and seek product approval from a European notified agency pursuant to the MRA. To learn more about the instructions, click on the PDF file below This guide is neither a substitute for the legal requirements in force, nor even a regulation. It is not intended to impose legally binding requirements on a party. It presents the current thoughts of the Coast Guard on this subject and is published for guidance purposes in order to outline good practices in compliance with existing legislation. Products admitted for sale in the European Community in the United States must be marked in accordance with Article 11 of the Council`s Directive 96/98/EC, i.e.
with the compliance mark as mentioned above, as well as the “USCG-CE number” of the notified body, which is 1408 for the United States. The agency notified for the receipt of marine equipment in the United States is the U.S. Coast Guard. #2 United States – EC MRA came into force on July 1, 2004 and was amended on February 18, 2019. With experience with MRA and strengthening regulatory direction, the initial MRA aircraft categories have grown from 43 product categories to 69 product categories. The two agreements on mutual recognition of marine equipment are the result of seven years of cooperation that recognizes the importance of facilitating trade in marine equipment between the United States and Europe and promoting bilateral cooperation on international rules on marine equipment.