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NVIC: Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-19Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRAs),” Nov. 1, 2019.

NVIC 02-19 supersedes and cancels NVIC 08-04, Change 1, “Guide to marine equipment approvals covered by US – EC MRA.

The Mutual Recognition Agreements are parallel agreements the United States has with the European Union and with the European Free Trade Association countries that are part of the European Economic Area on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Conformity for Marine Equipment.

The updated MRAs, effective February 2019, take into account several U.S. regulations and policies published in the past 10 years as well as revisions to the European regulations governing marine equipment. The updated agreements also expanded the types of equipment covered under the MRA. The product scope of the two MRAs now includes 69 products in three categories: lifesaving, fire protection, and navigational equipment. 

This circular describes how to implement the MRA, answers some anticipated questions regarding the process for obtaining approval using the MRA, and provides guidance on how to determine compliance of equipment.

For full details, view or download NVIC 02-19 and visit the Office of Design and Engineering Standards website. For questions, please contact the Coast Guard’s Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division (CG-ENG-4) at typeapproval@uscg.mil.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.