The Marine Equipment Directive (MED) (96/98/EC as amended) covers certain equipment carried and used on ships registered under the flags of European Union member states. It is aimed at ensuring that equipment which has to meet the requirements of international conventions (e.g., SOLAS, MARPOL, etc.) agreed at IMO (the International Maritime Organisation), additionally meets a common standard of safety and performance.
Conformity with the MED
Conformity is initially demonstrated when one or more prototypes of a design have been independently witnessed as having been satisfactorily tested thus confirming that the performance parameters applicable to equipment of that type have been achieved. An EC Certificate of Type Examination will be issued by a Notified Body such as Lloyds Register Verification. This is a Module B Certificate and forms one part of the Conformity Route.
In the majority of cases a Module B Certificate is necessary and this must be used in combination with one of the other Production Modules – D, E, or F.