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MCCAA is consulting stakeholders on a new legal notice which will amend Legal Notice 241 of 2009 on the Conformity Assessment of Marine Equipment. The proposed draft legal notice transposes Commission Directive 2011/75/EU amending Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment.
Marine Equipment includes items such as life-saving products (lifebuoys, lifejackets, liferafts), fire protection equipment, navigation equipment and radio communication equipment. The legal amendments are highly technical in nature and relate to the testing procedures of the products. Importers are advised to ensure marine equipment they import in Malta comply to the latest regulations.
A number of amendments to the international conventions and applicable testing standards have entered into force since the adoption of the last amending act to Directive 96/98/EC. Consequently, those amendments were incorporated into Directive 96/98/EC.
In the same period the International Maritime Organisation and the European standardisation organisations have also adopted standards, including detailed testing standards, for a number of items of equipment which are listed in Annex A.2 to Directive 96/98/EC or which, albeit not listed, are considered relevant for the purpose of that Directive. Therefore such items of equipment were also included in Annex A.1 or transferred from Annex A.2 to Annex A.1, as appropriate.
The above mentioned amendments made to Directive 96/98/EC need to be transposed into Maltese regulations and this will be done through the proposed Conformity Assessment of Marine Equipment (Amendment) Regulations, 2012.
Who does it effect?
Manufacturers, importers and distributors (sellers) of marine equipment.
Feedback to be received by the 27th July 2012.
Comments to be sent to the Regulatory Affairs Directorate, Technical Regulations Division, Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority by e-mail –
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