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About MarED

MarED is the co-ordination group for the Notified Bodies assigned by the Member States to carry out the conformity assessment procedures referred to in the Marine Equipment Directive (Directive 2014/90/EU replacing Directive 96/98/EC as amended on Marine Equipment). The MarED Website contains information about the MarED Group, Notified Bodies and the Marine Equipment Directive and equipment certified under the MED (MarED database).

Context:

Free movement of goods is a cornerstone of the single European market. The European Union has developed original and innovative instruments to remove the barriers to free circulation of goods. The mechanisms in place to achieve this aim are based on prevention of new barriers to trade, mutual recognition and technical harmonisation.

Notified Bodies carry out the tasks pertaining to the conformity assessment procedures referred to in the applicable directives when a third party is required. Member States are responsible for their notification. They may choose the bodies they notify from the bodies under their jurisdiction which comply with the requirements of the directives and the principles laid down in under the EU New Legal Framework (https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/new-legislative-framework_en)

MarED provides a framework for co-ordination and co-operation between its members, the Commission and observers in the application of the Marine Equipment Directive. It is the intention of the MarED to be a conduit for the exchange information between members and to harmonise technical aspects. Furthermore MarED aims at solving unclear situations in reaching a consensus on the procedures of the EC Type Examination and surveillance modules in order to avoid differences between Notified Bodies.

Further MarED OBJECTIVES are:

  • Setting up and maintenance of co-operation between MarED Notified Bodies to promote harmonisation in the operation, scope and responsibilities for attestation to the Item List of the Marine Equipment Directive.
  • Providing a forum for identification of any problems or interpretations in the application of Attestation to the Item List of the Directive and consultation with appropriate bodies to enable resolution.
  • Contribution towards the interpretations of existing standards which relate to its members' interests and in preparation of similar standards.
  • Facilitating co-operation amongst the members without inhibiting fair and open competition between them.
  • Share experience and exchange views on the application of the conformity assessment procedures with the aim of contributing to a uniform understanding and application of the requirements and procedures.
  • Elaborate opinions from a technical point of view on matters of conformity assessment procedures by seeking a consensus.
  • Remain in coherence with standardisation work at IMO and European level.