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.