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Recreational Craft Directive

Directive 2013/53/EU, which abrogates Directive 94/25/EC and subsequent amendments, states that new build boats up to 24 m hull length must bear the CE Marking to be allowed to be freely marketed anywhere in the European Economic Area (EEA).

As established by Decision No. 768/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the process is based on eight evaluation procedures (modules) that are applied to the design and manufacturing phases: from internal production control (module A) to product verification (module F), through to full quality assurance (module H).


The CE Mark is issued on the basis of construction and fitting out criteria laid down by the Directive, and related to fundamental aspects, such as:

  • the health and safety of passengers
  • product quality
  • environmental impact
  • protection of the consumer.

The CE Marking process for recreational craft ensures both owners and manufacturers that their yachts meet the highest safety standards, enhancing their market and quality value for the entire lifespan of the boat.


RINA SERVICES is a Notified Body according to European Directive 2013/53/EU and offers a range of instruments to support designers and manufacturers as well as offering new services in application of the Recreational Craft Directive's essential requirements.

The strong point of RINA SERVICES is the service offered, fast and qualified, throughout the yacht's life cycle: from design to construction, testing of materials and components, sea trials and periodic surveys.

​CE marking procedure

  • Application for certification by the customer
  • Checking activities, in relation to the audit module chosen:
    • examination of the documentation and construction drawings
    • on-site visits to verify compliance of the product with the drawings submitted and quality of the construction process
    • visits on board to check that all essential CE marking requirements have in fact been met.
Depending on the evaluation module chosen, the process runs parallel to designing and building the product. Our team of highly qualified technicians and surveyors monitors the boat from the preliminary design phase through to the finished product being launched.


Is CE marking of a boat obligatory?
Yes, for putting it onto the market in the European Community, CE Marking is obligatory. The philosophy behind the new community directive approach is based on the free circulation of goods, as well as people and services. For this reason, no Country on the European Union may now prevent a CE marked product from entering its territory, not may it refuse to allow it to be marketed.

Does the CE Marking have an expiry date?
No, provided no modifications are made to the unit in question, the Marking has no expiry date. However, it may be necessary to have the Marking updated, if the Reference Standards change.
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