FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About IMCI:

What means "IMCI"?

IMCI is the abbreviation for "International Marine Certification Institute".

Where do I get IMCI-inspectors contact information?

Please see the IMCI website.

How do I send my application?

You can send your applications by email, mail or fax. Please make sure that all signatures needed are given and visible.

Where do I send my application?

If an Inspector is involved, please send it to him. If no Inspector is involved, please send it to the IMCI head office.

 

General:

What is a CE-certificate?

This is your document by which IMCI confirms compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive based on one of the used modules.

What is a "Category"?

There are four Categories: A, B, C and D. They classify both maximum wind speed and maximum significant wave height for which a product is designed.

What is a module?

Conformity assessment is subdivided into modules, which comprise a limited number of different procedures applicable to the widest range of products. The modules relate to the design phase of products, their production phase or both. The eight basic modules and their eight possible variants can be combined with each other in a variety of ways in order to establish complete conformity assessment procedures. As a general rule, a product is subject to conformity assessment according to a module during the design as well as the production phase. Each New Approach directive describes the range and contents of possible conformity assessment procedures, which are considered to give the necessary level of protection. The directives also set out the criteria governing the conditions under which the manufacturer can make a choice, if more than one option is provided for.

Why do I need a CE-certification for my boat or PWC?

Products being specified by the RCD need CE certification. The RCD is transposed into national law in all EU Member States. So it is law, that you certify the craft.

How do I apply for a CE-certificate for boats or components?

Just contact one of our Inspectors or the IMCI Head office. Please be prepared to give detailed information about the craft.

What is a "Certificate Update"?

IMCI is asking for updates annually because our accreditation is based on EN 45011 which requires it. IMCI does not have time limited certificates. They are in principle valid forever. The certificates are only related to model years. RCD requires also, that you will keep IMCI posted on all changes.

What is a "Certificate Change"?

A change of the certificate will be made when the scope of the certificate has changed. We will issue changed certificates on your request. IMCI may ask for a new assessment.

What is a "Certificate of Conformity"?

It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module F or G.

What is a "Model Year"?

According to EN ISO 10087:2006 is the model year is a twelve-month period during which the craft is intended to be placed for the first time on the market and shall be identified by the last two numerals of the year in question. If this twelve-month period extends across two calendar years, the manufacturer decides which of these the model year is.

How long lasts a "Model Year"?

12 months.

What means "RCD"?

This is the abbreviation which is common for the "Recreational Craft Directive".

What means "PWC"?

This is the abbreviation which is common for "Personal Watercraft".

What is an "Examination Report"?

It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module A1.

What is an "EC Type - Examination Certificate"?

It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module B.

What is the difference between a Declaration of Conformity (DOC) and a Certificate?

A DOC comes with every single delivered product. A Certificate is issued once only for either the type of the product or for a special, single product. The Certificate is issued by IMCI. The DOC is issued by the manufacturer.

How and where do I get a Declaration of Conformity (DOC)?

The DOC is always issued by the manufacturer. Please contact him. If he is an IMCI client you will find his coordinates in the IMCI database. IMCI does not issue DOCs.

What is a partly completed boat?

A partly completed boat is a boat consisting of a hull or a hull and one or more components. …. Boat kits consisting of panels and parts to make the boat and its hull, typically of wood or metal, are also to be considered as partly completed boats. The “partly completed boat” does not fulfil all the essential safety requirements of the Directive related to the design and the construction of the craft and is either destined to be completed, i.e. completely fulfil the essential requirements, by another party who will be regarded as the manufacturer, or placed on the market as such.

 

Components:

Why do I need a certification for my component?

Products specified by the RCD need certification. The RCD is transposed into national law in all EU Member States. So it is law, that you certify the component if mentioned in Annex II of RCD.

Do all components need a CE-certification?

CE marking for RCD is only permitted for components listed in Annex II. These are:

  • Ignition-protected equipment for petrol inboard and stern drive engines
  • Start-in-gear protection devices for outboard engines
  • Steering wheels, steering mechanisms and cable assemblies
  • Fuel tanks intended for fixed installations and fuel hoses
  • Prefabricated hatches and portlights
Do other components need certification?

CE marking for RCD is only permitted for components listed in Annex II. Other components have to follow some recognized standard which is typically an ISO standard being mandated by the EU Commission. IMCI confirms compliance with the standard by issuing an ISO certificate.

Which requirements are for components?

The requirements for components are given through ISO standards. In accordance with IMCI alternative methods may be acceptable.

Which requirements are for updates of craft and/or components?

We ask you once a year whether you have made changes to your product and which ones. Depending on your answer the certificate will get updated to the next model year.

 

PCA:

What is a PCA (Post Construction Assessment)?

PCA is the module under which those craft and PWC, where the Manufacturer does not want to take responsibility for placing it on an EEA market are certified. These are not necessarily used craft or PWC, but also new ones.

What is a "PCA Report of Conformity"?

It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in (Module) Post Construction Assessment.

I bought a boat in US. The installed petrol engine carries a label showing 1 star and the words "Low Emission". Is there a chance to get it certified within Post Construction Assessment?

The label is according to CFR tit 13 s 2443.2 (CARB), showing the grade of exhaust emissions according to CARB, 13 CFR 2440 for petrol engines. Engines carrying this label fullfil limits similar or below 2003/44/EC requirements.

I bought a boat in US. The installed petrol engine carries a label showing 2 stars and the words "Very Low Emission". Is there a chance to get it CE-certified within Post Construction Assessment for Europe?

The label is acc. to CFR tit 13 s 2443.2, showing the grade of exhaust emissions according to CARB, 13 CFR 2440 for petrol engines. Engines carrying this label fullfil limits similar or below 2003/44/EC requirements.

I bought a boat in US. The installed petrol engine carries a label showing 3 stars and the words "Ultra Low Emission". Is there a chance to get it CE-certified within Post Construction Assessment for Europe?

The label is acc. to CFR tit 13 s 2443.2, showing the grade of exhaust emissions according to CARB, 13 CFR 2440 for petrol engines. Engines carrying this label fullfil limits similar or below 2003/44/EC requirements.

I bought a boat in US. The installed petrol engine carries a label showing 4 stars and the words "Super Ultra Low Emission". Is there a chance to get it CE-certified within Post Construction Assessment for Europe?

The label is acc. to CFR tit 13 s 2443.2, showing the grade of exhaust emissions according to CARB, 13 CFR 2440 for petrol engines. Engines carrying this label fullfil limits similar or below 2003/44/EC requirements.

Prices:

How much does a certificate cost?

 Please ask the Inspector of your choice for an estimate.

How much are the inspectors fee's for an inspection?

This is depending on the time spent for the assessment. It also depends on the place. Please ask the Inspector of your choice for an estimate.

How do I pay my invoice?

You can use credit cards or pay by bank transfer.

What is a deposit?

We may ask you for a deposit. This is just to make sure, that we can pay our Inspector as early as possible for his task.

How much does a certificate update cost?

 Please ask the Inspector of your choice for an estimate.

How much does a certificate change cost?

 Please ask the Inspector of your choice for an estimate.