The RYA will withdraw as a notified body for the RCD

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The RYA has announced it will withdraw as a Notified Body for the

Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and the Personal Protective Equipment

Directive.

The RYA will step back at the end of this year after nearly 10 years as a Notified Body.

The surprise decision was made following a review of the RYA Notified Body

activities which found the RYA had achieved the majority of its goals set back in 1998.

RYA technical manager Bas Edmonds said: ‘This is not a decision

we have taken lightly but when the activity as a whole was looked at,

it became clear that it had achieved its objectives and that now was a

good opportunity to look at how the RYA Technical

Department could adapt its services to move more in-line with its

personal membership.

‘We will of course continue to work with our current

clients over the next couple of months and help them complete their

projects where possible and if needs be help them

transfer their projects onto other Notified Bodies.’

First introduced in

1998 the RCD was brought in as a trade directive to ensure that all

boats built and imported into the European Union were built and sold

above a minimum set of standards. Once implemented, the

RYA’s involvement as a Notified Body looked to provide manufacturers

with a less daunting option than a Classification Society and at a more

reasonable cost, as well as allowing the RYA hands on experience with

the standards prescribed within the RCD and

the ability to assess and influence those standards.

The RYA said it has completed a wide range of

assessments working with some major British manufacturers

in getting their models assessed and onto the water, as well as with individuals looking to import boats from

outside of the EU, home build boats and component parts such as steering

wheels.

Bas went on to explain: ‘By withdrawing from the RCD it does mean that the range of services

offered by the RYA Technical Department will be slightly different and

we are looking at a number of options and services

we can offer in its place that will appeal to a wider range of the

membership. However we will continue to offer services such as the issue

of Craft Identification Numbers and the RCD Web subscription website.

‘The RYA will continue

to keep a close eye on both the practical day to day processes involved

in the RCD as well as influencing both the ISO Standards and the EU

Directive at the highest levels to ensure that the

end result is a safe, sensible boat for the end user.’