Frequently Asked Questions about MED Certification

  • What marking is required for a Marine Equipment conforming to the Marine Equipment Directive?

    While most EC directives require products to carrying the "CE" mark, products certified under the Marine Equipment Directive carry the "wheel mark".

  • What does the Directive cover?

    The directive covers types of marine equipment that fall under the following International Conventions developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO):

    • SOLAS 1974: Life-saving appliances/navigation equipment/radio equipment
    • MARPOL 1973: Marine pollution
    • COLREGS 1972: Prevention of collisions

    Design, construction and performance requirements and testing standards for marine equipment is provided in the latest Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation, which was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

  • Is a risk analysis needed?


    The adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s) is the responsibility of the


    If the manufacturer evaluates that applicable standards cover all reasonably

    foreseeable risks, the manufacturer should simply declare this in the technical


    This ensures that the risk assessment requirement (in Annex II, Part I Module B: EC Type-

    Examination, point 3, third indent) is fulfilled.

    If the manufacturer evaluates that the applicable standards do not cover all reasonably

    foreseeable risks, the manufacturer should identify and analyse the risks and describe the

    measures taken to address them.

    The Notified Body involved verifies that the technical documentation addresses a risk


  • What should a DoC contain?

    The EU declaration of conformity must follow the model structure set out in Annex III to Decision No 768/2008/EC. It shall contain the elements listed in the relevant modules of Annex II to this Directive and shall be kept up to date.

    1. No. … (unique identification of the product):

    2. Name and address of the manufacturer or his authorised representative:

    3. This declaration of conformity is issued under the sole responsibility of the manufacturer (or installer):

    4. Object of the declaration (identification of product allowing traceability. It may include a photograph, where appropriate):………………

    5. The object of the declaration described above is in conformity with the relevant Community harmonisation legislation: ………………

    6. References to the relevant harmonised standards used or references to the specifications in relation to which conformity is declared:………………

    7. Where applicable:

    • The notified body (name, number):………
    • performed (description of intervention):………
    • and issued the certificate: ………

    8. Additional information:

    • Signed for and on behalf of: (place and date of issue): ………
    • signature (name, role): ………
  • When will the wheel mark be affixed on the product?

    The product will be wheel marked at the end of the production phase. The wheel mark shall be followed by the number of the notified body which was issuing Module D/E or F/G and the year of production.

  • What shall the wheel mark look like?

    The wheel mark shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the marine equipment/ product or to its data plate, and where relevant, embedded in its software. Where that is not possible or not warranted because of the nature of the product, it shall be affixed to the packaging and to the accompanying documents.



    Furthermore, manufacturers shall ensure that their products bear a type, batch or serial number or other element allowing their identification. In addition, they shall indicate their name, registered trade name or registered trademark and the address at which they can be contacted on the product.


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