RCD Compliance for European Brokers

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Five basic services, the first three aimed at getting the compliance correct, the fourth at giving confidence to your buyers that this is the case and the last, helping to build a rewarding professional partnership between us and you.

  1. 'Free' phone or email verification service
  2. RCD Exemption check
  3. CE Marking project
  4. 'Verified By' online advert link (contact us for more information)
  5. Broker Affiliate Programme (tba)

Responsible Brokerage

As a brokerage professional, you are expected to be knowledgeable about the requirements surrounding the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD), first introduced on the 16th June 1998. 

The RCD requires that all non-exempt recreational craft should be fully compliant before being 'placed on the market' or 'put into use'.  This effectively means that it is technically illegal, to use or advertise any craft, for which compliance cannot be demonstrated.  Compliance here includes justifiable exemption.

Typically, RCD compliance is demonstrated by a combination of a correctly formatted CE Plate (or Builders plate with CE Mark) and supporting documentation, which may include an Owners Manual (OM) and a Declaration of Conformity (DoC).  For boats certified after 1/1/2006 these documents should also include a Post Construction Asssessment (PCA) Certificate issued by an appropriate Notified Body.

As a brokerage professional you must be confident that the documentation provided is genuine and should seek expert advice where any concerns exist.  It is an unfortunate fact that craft often have false documentation, especially for craft assessed before the introduction of PCA in 2006.

The good news is that we are here to help.

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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