MSC.1-Circ.1221 - Validity Of Type Approval Certification For Marine Products (Secretariat)

MSC.1/Circ.1221 11 December 2006

1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-second session (29 November to 8 December 2006), recognized concerns that misunderstanding may exist among port State control officers regarding some of the Type Approval certificates issued for marine products.
2 To clarify the purpose and procedures of the Type Approval certification scheme used by the flag States, classification societies and other recognized bodies; the Committee agreed that such scheme include the following steps:
.1 engineering evaluation;
.2 witnessing the manufacturing and testing processes;
.3 evaluating the manufacturing arrangements; and
.4 issuing of a Type Approval Certificate generally valid for not more than 5 years which may be subject to annual inspections or verification of the manufacturer’s process after all the above-mentioned procedures have been satisfactorily completed.
3 The Committee also agreed that the validity of the Type Approval Certificate itself has no influence on the operational validity of a product accepted and installed onboard a ship and that a product manufactured during the period of validity of the relevant Type Approval Certificate need not be renewed or replaced due to expiration of such Type Approval Certificate.
4 Member Governments are invited to bring this decision to the attention of the national Authorities in charge of port State control activities and all other parties concerned.
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