Boat CE Marking Project

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CE Marking can be undertaken before or after boat shipping and the selection of the assessor for the CE Marking service will depend on the availability and location of suitable resource and considerations pertinent to the country of delivery. 

Before the project starts, Gablemarine will issue the client with a proposal and initial invoice.  The proposal sets out what we will do and the obligations of both Client and Gablemarine.  It also specifies the deliverables and timescales and when signed and returned by the client forms a contract for the work. 

The basic process starts with an inspection and ends with the delivery of the final pack, approximately two to three weeks later.

Our role, in addition to project managing the process is to identify non-conformities and create the technical compliance file (TCF) on behalf of the importer for submission to the Notified Body.  This file, created using the ProBoat-CE software is proprietary and thus not normally provided directly to the Client.  At 100+ pages it is not for the feint hearted but does (unlike some) cover all 31 elements of the RCD ensuring a comprehensive and complete assessment.

The file assumes non-conformities will be rectified by the importer.  The non-conformity report is sent to the importer within 7 days of the inspection and will list the form and approach rectification should take.  The later signing of the Declaration of Conformity by the importer (see pack) affirms the commitment to rectify these non-conformities.

With the TCF submitted to the Notified Body we undertake the parallel process of preparing the other pack contents (see here).

Finally, we hold the documents and copies of certificates in our remote archive for the required 10 year period, just in case that ‘safe’ hiding place you have gets lost or forgotten.

Written By: Rowland Smith

Rowland Smith is a Naval Architect and founder of Gablemarine.  His industry experience includes Lloyds Register, British Shipbuilders Hydrodynamics Ltd, Cammell Lairds, BP Shipping Ltd & Conoco.  He has a degree in Naval Architecture, a Diploma in Marketing (CIM) and an MBA (Cranfield School of Management).  He has also held Director level positions in a number of technology and engineering companies, including CEproof, which provides RCD compliance software to builders. 

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