Marine Equipment Directive (MED) 2014/90/EU

What is the Directive?

Directive 2014/90/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on Marine Equipment repealing Council Directive 96/98/EC came into force from 18 September 2016

The Purpose of the Marine Equipment Directive is to enhance safety at sea and prevention of pollution to the marine environment through the uniform application of the relevant international instruments relating to equipment to be placed on board ships registered with a Member State of the EU.

The Marine Equipment Directive covers any ship flying a European Country flag including the EEA & EFTA member state. The UK Competent Body is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) formerly the Marine Safety Agency (MSA). Conformity assessment is through a Notified Body, such as BSI, and the compliance mark is the Ship's Wheel.

The MED 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.

It also ensures that certificates issued by European Union member states, or on their behalf by notified bodies, are acceptable with each member state through the harmonisation of their approval requirements.



Who is the directive for?

If you are a manufacturer, an Authorised Representative for the manufacturer located outside the European Union, Distributor or an Importer for the equipment listed in the MED regulation, then this affects you.

This Directive applies to equipment placed or to be placed on board an EU ship and for which the approval of the flag State administration is required by the international instruments, regardless of whether the ship is situated in the Union at the time when it is fitted with the equipment.


What products do we test?

The EU Commission has implemented Regulation 2017/306 in force from 16/03/2017 and Regulation 2018/773 in force from 19/06/2018, this covers design, construction and performance requirements and testing standards for marine equipment.

The regulation covers a vast array of equipment, covering all aspects of a ships safety and equipment that requires the assistance of a Notified Body for conformity assessment under the following headings

  • Life Saving Appliances
  • Marine Pollution Prevention
  • Fire Protection Equipment
  • Navigation equipment
  • Radio communication equipment
  • Equipment Required under COLREF 72
  • Bulk Carrier Safety Equipment and
  • Equipment Under SOLAS Chapter II-1

BSI is currently accredited for 30 of the product lines listed in the MED Regulations currently in force under Life Saving Appliances and Fire Protection Equipment.


Benefits of meeting the directive

The MED 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.

The EC-US Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on Marine Equipment between the United States (US) and the European Community (EC) were concluded in June 2003 and the agreement was signed on February 27, 2004. This means that if your equipment has been certified under the MED it may also be accepted for sale in the US without the need for additional testing or certification and vice-versa.


Our commitment to service and expertise

BSI is a Notified Body for the Marine Equipment Directive. With a wealth of expertise in this industry, we have a team of dedicated experts who can help you to meet the requirements of the Directive. We have dedicated laboratories where we can thoroughly test your products, and provide you with on-going support should you choose to launch new products or make modifications to existing products. BSI can also help you gain certification to other schemes giving you even greater market access. Talk to one of our experts today to find out more.