Marine Equipment Directive(MED)
The following is a brief introduction to the tests/inspections, auditing and certification services Nippon Kaiji Kyokai may offer in cooperation with its Rotterdam Office (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Netherlands) B.V., recognized by the Government of The Netherlands as Notified Body) (hereinafter referred to as the “Notified Body”), under the requirements of the Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment.
What is the MED?
Various EU Directives are published in various fields with the aim to remove barriers to allow free circulation of goods within the European Union.
Among the EU Directives is the Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment (hereinafter referred to as the “MED”). Materials and equipment, covered by this MED and intended to be used on board ships and which are found in compliance with the requirements of the MED may be affixed with the “Wheel Mark” together with the unique ID number of the certifying Notified Body and shall be accompanied by an EC Declaration of Conformity issued by the respective manufacturers.
Countries where the MED is applicable
Materials and equipment to be installed on board ships registered in the EU countries and EFTA countries shall meet the requirements of the MED.
The EU countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the EFTA countries are Norway and Iceland.
Materials and equipment to which the MED is applicable
Materials and equipment to which the MED shall apply are life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention equipment, fire protection constructions, navigation equipment, radio installations, and navigation lights required under the COLREG. The materials and equipment, together with their testing standards, are listed on the Annex A.1 list attached to the MED. This list will be frequently updated by amending thereto.
（Annex A.1 list）
Tests/inspections, auditing and certification services of ClassNK
At the request of manufacturers, the Notified Body can in cooperation with Material and Equipment Department and Certification Service Department of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, undertake the tests/inspections and auditing for materials and equipment. Only after completion of the tests/inspections and auditing, the materials and equipment may be affixed with the “Wheel Mark” and shipped together with the EC Declaration of Conformity.
As of 2012, the Notified Body have undertaken the tests/inspections, auditing and certification services for life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention equipment and fire protection constructions of approximately 50 types, 10 types and 30 types, respectively.
For further information and/or for any inquiries, please contact the following locations:
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Netherlands) B.V.
Notified Body/Head Office
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Materials and Equipment Department
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Tel : +81-3-3432-5950
Certification Service Department