Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a "CE-certificate"?
    • This is your document by which IMCI confirms compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive based on one of the used modules.

  • What is a "Category"?
    • There are four Categories: A, B, C and D. They classify both maximum wind speed and maximum significant wave height for which a product is designed.

  • What is a "Module"?
    • Conformity assessment is subdivided into modules, which comprise a limited number of different procedures applicable to the widest range of products. The modules relate to the design phase of products, their production phase or both. The eight basic modules and their eight possible variants can be combined with each other in a variety of ways in order to establish complete conformity assessment procedures. As a general rule, a product is subject to conformity assessment according to a module during the design as well as the production phase. Each New Approach directive describes the range and contents of possible conformity assessment procedures, which are considered to give the necessary level of protection. The directives also set out the criteria governing the conditions under which the manufacturer can make a choice, if more than one option is provided for.

  • Why do I need a CE-certification for my boat or PWC?
    • Products being specified by the RCD need CE certification. The RCD is transposed into national law in all EU Member States. So it is law, that you certify the craft.„ …“

  • How do I apply for a CE-certificate for boats or components?
  • What is a "Certificate Update"?
    • IMCI is asking for updates annually because our accreditation is based on EN 45011 which requires it. IMCI does not have time limited certificates. They are in principle valid forever. The certificates are only related to model years. RCD requires also, that you will keep IMCI posted on all changes.

  • What is a "Certificate Change"?
    • A change of the certificate will be made when the scope of the certificate has changed. We will issue changed certificates on your request. IMCI may ask for a new assessment.

  • What is a "Certificate of Conformity"?
    • It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module F or G.

  • What is a "Model Year"?
    • According to EN ISO 10087:2006 is the model year is a twelve-month period during which the craft is intended to be placed for the first time on the market and shall be identified by the last two numerals of the year in question. If this twelve-month period extends across two calendar years, the manufacturer decides which of these the model year is.

  • How long lasts a "Model Year"?
    • 12 months.

  • What means "RCD"?
    • This is the abbreviation which is common for the "Recreational Craft Directive".

  • What means "PWC"?
    • This is the abbreviation which is common for "Personal Watercraft".

  • What is an "Examination Report"?
    • It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module A1.

  • What is an "EC Type - Examination Certificate"?
    • It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module B.

  • What is the difference between a Declaration of Conformity (DOC) and a Certificate?
    • A DOC comes with every single delivered product. A Certificate is issued once only for either the type of the product or for a special, single product. The Certificate is issued by IMCI. The DOC is issued by the manufacturer.

  • How and where do I get a Declaration of Conformity (DOC)?
    • The DOC is always issued by the manufacturer. Please contact him. If he is an IMCI client you will find his coordinates in the IMCI database. IMCI does not issue DOCs.

  • What is a Partly Completed Boat?
    • A partly completed boat is a boat consisting of a hull or a hull and one or more components. …. Boat kits consisting of panels and parts to make the boat and its hull, typically of wood or metal, are also to be considered as partly completed boats. The “partly completed boat” does not fulfil all the essential safety requirements of the Directive related to the design and the construction of the craft and is either destined to be completed, i.e. completely fulfil the essential requirements, by another party who will be regarded as the manufacturer, or placed on the market as such.

  • What is the identification number of IMCI as a Notified Body and where is the number visible?
    • The identification number is “0609” [zero-six-zero-nine). This number is visible on all IMCI certificates issued in module A1, B+x, G, F and PCA. The manufacturer of a product is obliged to put the identification number on the CE plate in case that the notified body has been involved in the production control or post-construction assessment (PCA); reference see RCD, Article 15, clause 2 and 3. The manufacturer may put the identification number on the CE plate on products being assessed in other modules if the identification number is separated by a line from the other information; reference see ISO 14945.

  • What does the CE marking on a product indicate?
    • By affixing the CE marking to a product, the manufacturer declares on his sole responsibility that the product is in conformity with the essential requirements of the applicable Union harmonisation legislation providing for its affixing and that the relevant conformity assessment procedures have been fulfilled. Products bearing the CE marking are presumed to be in compliance with the applicable Union harmonisation legislation and hence benefit from free circulation in the European Market.

  • Is a product affixed with the CE marking always produced in the EU?
    • No. The CE marking only signals that all essential requirements have been fulfilled when the product was manufactured. The CE marking is not a mark of origin, as it does not indicate that the product was manufactured in the European Union. Consequently, a product affixed with the CE marking may have been produced anywhere in the world.

  • Are all CE marked products tested and approved by authorities?
    • No. In fact, the assessment of the conformity of the products with the legislative requirements applying to them is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer. The manufacturer affixes the CE marking and drafts the EU Declaration of Conformity. Only products which are regarded as presenting a high risk to the public interest, e.g. pressure vessels, lifts and certain machine tools, require conformity assessment by a third party, i.e. a notified body.

  • Can I, as a manufacturer, affix my products with the CE marking myself?
    • Yes, the CE marking is always affixed by the manufacturer himself or his authorised representative after the necessary conformity assessment procedure has been performed. This means that, before being affixed with the CE marking and being placed on the market, the product must be subject to the conformity assessment procedure provided for in one or more of the applicable Union harmonisation acts. The latter establish whether the conformity assessment may be performed by the manufacturer him- self or if the intervention of a third party (the notified body) is required.

  • Where should the CE marking be affixed?
    • The marking shall be affixed either to the product or to the product’s data plate. When that is not possible due to the nature of the product, the CE marking shall be affixed to the packaging and/or to any accompanying documents.

  • What is a manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity?
    • The EU Declaration of Conformity (EU DoC) is a document in which the manufacturer, or his authorised representative within the European Economic Area (EEA), indicates that the product meets all the necessary requirements of the Union harmonisation legislation applicable to the specific product. The EU DoC shall also contain the name and address of the manufacturer along with information about the product, such as the brand and serial number. The EU DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorised representative, and the employee’s function shall also be indicated. Whether a Notified Body has been involved or not, the manufacturer must draw up and sign the EE Declaration of Conformity.

  • Is CE marking mandatory, and if so; for what products?
    • Yes, CE marking is mandatory. However, only the products that are covered by the scope of one or more of the Union harmonisation acts providing for CE marking shall be affixed with it in order to be placed on the Union market. Examples of products that fall under Union harmonisation acts providing for CE marking are toys, electrical products, machinery, personal protective equipment and lifts. Products that are not covered by CE marking legislation shall not bear the CE marking. Information the products that are CE marked and the Union harmonisation legislation providing for CE Marking you can find here

  • What is the difference between the CE marking and other markings, and can other markings be affixed on the product if there is a CE marking?
    • The CE marking is the only marking that indicates conformity to all the essential requirements of the Union harmonisation legislation that provide for its affixing. A product may bear additional markings provided that they do not have the same meaning as the CE marking, that they are not liable to cause confusion with the CE marking and that they do not impair the legibility and visibility of the CE marking. In this respect, other markings may be used only if they contribute to the improvement of consumer protection and are not covered by harmonisation legislation of the European Union.

  • Who supervises the correct use of the CE marking?
    • In order to guarantee the impartiality of market surveillance operations, the supervision of the CE marking is the responsibility of public authorities in the Member States in cooperation with the European Commission.

  • What are the sanctions for counterfeiting the CE marking?
    • The procedures, measures and sanctions that apply to counterfeiting of the CE marking are laid down in Member State’s national administrative and penal law. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, economic operators may be liable to a fine and, in some circumstances, imprisonment. However, if the product is not regarded as an imminent safety risk, the manufacturer may be given a second opportunity to ensure that the product is in conformity with the applicable legislation before being obliged to take the product off the market.

  • What implications may the affixing of the CE marking have for the manufacturer/importer/distributor?
    • While manufacturers are responsible for ensuring product compliance and affixing the CE marking, importers and distributors also play an important role in making sure that only products complying with legislation and bearing the CE marking are placed on the market. Not only does this help to reinforce the EU’s health, safety and environmental protection requirements, it also supports fair competition with all players being held accountable to the same rules. When products are produced in third countries and the manufacturer is not represented in the EEA, importers must make sure that the products placed by them on the market comply with the applicable requirements and do not present a risk to the European public. The importer must verify that the manufacturer outside the EU has undertaken the necessary steps and that the documentation is available upon request. Thus, importers must have an overall knowledge of the respective Union harmonisation acts and are obliged to support national authorities should problems arise. Importers should have a written assurance from the manufacturer that they will have access to the necessary documentation – such as the EU Declaration of Conformity and the technical documentation – and be able to provide it to national authorities, if requested. Importers should also make sure that contact with the manufacturer can always be established. Further along in the supply chain, distributors play an important role in ensuring that only compliant products are on the market and must act with due care to ensure that their handling of the product does not adversely affect its compliance. The distributor must also have a basic knowledge of the legal requirements – including which products must bear the CE marking and the ac- companying documentation – and should be able to identify products that are clearly not in compliance. Distributors must be able to demonstrate to national authorities that they have acted with due care and have affirmation from the manufacturer or the importer that the necessary measures have been taken. Furthermore, a distributor must be able to assist the national authority in its efforts to receive the required documentation. If the importer or distributor markets the products under his own name, he then takes over the manufacturer’s responsibilities. In this case, he must have sufficient information on the design and production of the product, as he will be assuming the legal responsibility when affixing the CE marking.

  • Where can I find more information?
    • Information about • CE marking • products that are CE marked • the Union harmonisation legislation providing for CE Marking and • the steps to follow you can find here Economic operators may contact the Enterprise Europe Network

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  • Why do I need a certification for my component?
    • Products specified by the RCD need certification. The RCD is transposed into national law in all EU Member States. So it is law, that you certify the component if mentioned in Annex II of RCD.

  • Do all components need a CE-certification?
    • CE marking for RCD is only permitted for components listed in Annex II. These are: - Ignition-protected equipment for petrol 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

  • Do other components need certification?
    • CE marking for RCD is only permitted for components listed in Annex II. Other components have to follow some recognized standard which is typically an ISO standard being mandated by the EU Commission. IMCI confirms compliance with the standard by issuing an ISO certificate.

  • Which requirements are for components?
    • The requirements for components are given through ISO standards. In accordance with IMCI alternative methods may be acceptable.

  • Which requirements are for updates of craft and/or components?
    • We ask you once a year whether you have made changes to your product and which ones. Depending on your answer the certificate will get updated to the next model year.



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