This service was offered by INSPEC International Ltd, NB 0194, until 31 December 2020.   We understand that Module B certification may persist in use beyond this date, until the stated expiry of the certificates issued by INSPEC International Ltd.

What follows is a brief summary of the legislation, and those Modules to which INSPEC did offer services:

  • Module B, Type-examination
  • Module D, Quality assurance / Production control
  • Module E, Product control

The European Marine Equipment Directive implements the relevant International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Regulations related to marine equipment, through a single certification scheme based on design and production conformity assessments to be carried out by authorised third-parties - Notified Bodies. 

The types of equipment covered by the Directive are those which are required to be type approved by the Internal Maritime Conventions for use on board ships. 

The main effects 
  • The European certification scheme substitutes the former multinational ones: a given type of equipment is to be granted a single Type-Approval certificate
  • The equipment manufacturer may choose the Notified Body and the production assessment module from among those authorised
  • Any additional national requirements will not apply
  • No other Council Directives will apply for ships (refer to paragraph 4 of the preamble)

In order not to confuse the certification of marine equipment with that covered by other Directives, equipment bears the Wheel mark, instead of the usual CE mark. 

Conformity assessment modules 

Amending Regulations are issued that detail for each product the SOLAS and IMO requirements, testing standards and permitted modules for conformity assessment.  Depending upon the equipment type, the following combinations of Conformity Assessment modules are permitted - (B + D), (B + E), (B + F) and G.  The conformity assessment process is summarised in the table below. 


Module B Modules D / E
Product testing Assessment of quality manual
Product examination and review Assessment of test & inspection plan (1 plan per standard/ product specification)
Assessment of technical documents describing the product, materials and production methods On-site assessment of the quality system
Assessment of product marking, user instructions and operating manuals Annual assessments and reassessment every third year


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Directive 2014/90/EU on the 18th September 2016