The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed a component certification program and partnered with the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) to administer the program worldwide.

Marine components that are tested and comply with current ABYC standards may be marketed using “Certified to ABYC Standards” identifiers and receive increased visibility through an online certified component listing.

Manufacturers have two component testing options available: select an IMCI-approved laboratory or have its in-house lab component testing approved by IMCI. Once the in-house facility is approved for conformance with the independent accredited certification organization, the manufacturer may submit test reports for certification.

“This new component certification program adds confidence to supply chain integrity by having third-party verification that components have been tested and comply with the latest ABYC standards,” according to Craig Scholten, the group’s technical vice president, adding “[boaters] don’t realize that there are few federal regulations for the design and construction of recreational boats and their components.”

Once a component is certified, IMCI will issue a certificate declaring compliance to both ABYC standards and ISO compliance.