Gablemarine and HPIvs, a UK Notified Body

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HPI Verification Sevices (HPiVS) is a UK Notified Body (# 1521), licensed to issue CE certification in relation to the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD2) 2013/53/EC (and previous versions eg 2003/44/EC).

As a UK Notified Body, the operations of HPiVS are overseen and audited by the UK Standards Authority (UKSA).

HPiVS operates on a hub and spokes principle, with a core staff located in Oxford, UK and a number of qualified assessors located worldwide.  Gablemarine is one such assessor and we are authorised by HPiVS to undertake CE assessments covering all recreational craft, including all Modules and Design Categories, as well as noise testing and stability.

In practice, Gablemarine assess craft worldwide and create the technical documentation required to demonstrate compliance.  This is documented in the form of a Technical Construction File (TCF) which Gablemarine supplies to HPiVS.  In parallel with HPiVS, Gablemarine creates the Owners Manual, Declaration of Conformity and other documents in addition to preparing the CE Plate, WIN (formerly HIN/CIN) and other labels required. 

Gablemarine works very closely with HPiVS to ensure that compliance issues are highlighted early and fully understood.  This close working relationship ensures a quick turn around for CE work as well as the highest quality service for clients.

Gablemarine, though HPiVS is authorised to undertake assessments in any country.

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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