The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has announced that new Declaration of Conformity (DoC) templates that meet the latest Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft Directive (RCD) can be downloaded for free from the ICOMIA Online Library.

The new RCD, which became applicable in January 2016, requires a DoC to be issued along with each boat, personal watercraft (PWC) or marine engine placed on the European market. DoC is a special document, which the manufacturer is responsible for, to say that the product meets all of the requirements of the applicable directives.

The new format templates have been approved by EU Member State representatives, and market surveillance authorities, known as the Administrative Cooperation Group (AdCo), as well as the European Commission.

This means boatbuilders, engine and PWC manufacturers, and Notified Bodies now have a harmonised format to meet Annex IV requirements and are able to make a clear interpretation of the statutory requirements of the new RCD.

“From the manufacturer/boatbuilder perspective, the new DoCs help clarify any ambiguity that may have existed in meeting requirements without an official template – and from AdCo’s perspective, it makes their job easier if there is a standard template in use,” explains Udo Kleinitz, ICOMIA secretary general.

“Getting the RCD DoC template set relevant to the manufacturing sector approved by the authorities is a major coup for the industry as they provide a legitimate ‘passport’ for the product.”

The templates, including those which have recently been approved by AdCo, are available for download by clicking here.