UK-based HPi Verification Services and CEproof join forces to create HPi-CEproof

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HPiVS CEO Alastair Reay and CEproof CEO and MD Craig Morris

HPi Verification Services (HPiVS), the UK’s only Notified Body for the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD), has merged with RCD specialist CEproof to create HPi-CEproof. Both companies are leading players in the global marine compliance industry.

HPiVS completed accreditation with the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) in 2018 for HPi Verification Services (Ireland) Ltd to ISO 17065 so that it can continue to certify products to the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and the EU Pressure Equipment Directive. This has enabled HPiVS to provide continuity of service, irrespective of Britain’s future status in the EU.

CEproof has enjoyed similarly successful times. Its core UK operation and 10 global offices have continued to develop their tailored services offering detailed and bespoke guidance for compliance with marine legislation, with particular focus on the RCD.

CEproof has also seen wide adoption of its ICOMIA Technical File Generator – a software package that simplifies the process of managing RCD compliance documentation.

Alasdair Reay, CEO of HPiVS, says: ”CEproof has quietly built a substantial array of software tools for the boat industry with new products launching in the immediate future. By merging the businesses we can add these valuable resources to HPiVS’s outstanding services. Working together we will make compliance easier and more watertight than ever.”

CEproof CEO and managing director, Craig Morris, adds: “HPi and CEproof have worked as two links of the same compliance chain for many years. The future is so exciting now that we are able to combine our worldwide customer base with the abilities and tools of both companies.”

HPi CEproof will be headquartered at HPiVS’s existing UK base at Howbery Business Park in Wallingford. CEproof’s Wroxham base in Norfolk will become a regional office. HPi Verification Services (Ireland) continues to run from Dunshaughlin, just outside of Dublin.

All of CEproof’s consultancy activities will be handled by CEproof’s existing operations in Europe, Western Asia, Australasia and the USA, which remain independent and unaffected by the merger.