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HPiVS is an UK Approved Body, accredited to issue certificates for products being UKCA marked under the regulations listed below.
A “UKCA marking” on a product shows that it conforms to all the applicable UK product regulations, thereby allowing it access to the UK market.
You can read the New Product Markings & Conformity Assessment FAQs here:
Watercraft (ie boats & personal watercraft) between 2.5m and 24m in length must conform to the RCR in order to be sold/used in Europe (and a growing list of non-EU countries). The Directive also requires engines & some boat components to be UKCA marked in their own right, if they are to be fitted to recreational craft.
The new RCR (SI 2017 no, 737) replaced the EU’s RCD (2013/53/EU) on 31st January 2020 although CE marks will be accepted until 2022.
Following Brexit, HPiVS’s Notified Body’s license to carry out World Sailing’s OSR structural reviews has been transferred to HPi Verification Services (Ireland) Ltd.
The PER applies to the design and manufacture (but NOT operation) of pressure equipment with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar (gauge). Any single product or assembly that contains such a pressure falls within the scope & must be UKCA marked.
Safety Accessories, such as a pressure or temperature switch, that does not contain pressure, also fall within the scope if used to control pressure equipment.
For a vessel to fall into the scope of SPV, it must:
The Regulation has other limitations to it’s scope. A vessel falling outside the scope of SPV falls into the scope of the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations (PER).
The Machinery Regulations cover a very wide range of products as a machine is defined as “an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves”. The Directive also applies to lifting accessories & safety components.
The Regulations have a specific list of machine types that must be certified by a Approved Body. All other machines may self-certify or appoint a Approved Body to issue a “voluntary” statement of conformity.