What is CE marking?

Many products require CE marking before they can be sold in the EU.

CE marking indicates that a product has been assessed by the manufacturer and deemed to meet EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements.

It is required for products manufactured anywhere in the world that are then marketed in the EU.

The responsibility for CE marking lies with the manufacturer or, for imported vessels, with the one who first placed the vessel on the market and/or put into service in the EEA.

Which vessels must be CE marked?

According to the Application Guide to the Amended Recreational Craft Directive:

“Any boat of any type intended for sports and leisure purposes of hull length from 2,5m to 24 m, measured according to the harmonised standard, regardless of the means of propulsion; the fact that the same boat could be used for charter or for recreational boating training shall not prevent it being covered by this Directive when it is placed on the Community market for recreational purposes”.

As a main rule, pleasure vessels imported from countries outside the EEA must be CE marked before they can be placed on the marked or used in Norway.

Which vessels are exempt from the CE requirement?

  • Pleasure vessels first placed on the market and/or put into service in the EEA before 16 June 1998.
  • Craft intended solely for racing, including rowing racing boats and training rowing boats, labelled as such by the manufacturer.
  • Original historical craft and individual replicas thereof designed before 1950, built predominantly with the original materials and labelled as such by the manufacturer.
  • Craft built for own use, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community market during a period of five years.