The European Boating Industry, together with ICOMIA, has prepared this autumn a special guide for those in the industry who will soon be affected by the changed EU rules on recreational craft and related products.

The new EU directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft entered into force in January 2014. Between 18 January 2016 and 17 January 2017, companies are permitted to place on the EU market products that are compliant with both the old and new rules. As of 18 January 2017 only products - namely boats, personal watercraft, engines and certain components - in line with the new Directive will be accepted.

The new guide, available as an iPad App  and a standard PDF, provides users with a comprehensive guide on how to safely manufacture, import, distribute and sell products within the EU single market, EEA and Switzerland.

It also explains the main changes, compared to the previous directives, and outlines the various obligations of manufacturers, importers and distributors. Our publication may also be a useful tool for potential buyers to make sure the product they plan to acquire is safe, clean and compliant with EU rules.

The guide includes a 'quick version' to check formal compliance, particularly useful for distributors or buyers, and the 'long guide' which provides detailed information, especially recommended for manufacturers, authorised representatives, commercial and private importers.

Detailed chapters cover the New Legal Framework, the main changes in the essential safety and environmental requirements, the conformity assessment procedures for certification and CE-marking, market surveillance and special cases.

The new guide will be formally launched at METS.

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