Warringtonfire offers UKAS accredited certification from its Warrington office and is able to provide certification schemes for products and personnel.
Warringtonfire is also a Notified Body under the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and is therefore able to provide the necessary marine certification (Wheelmark) and testing to give approval for products for use in vessels sailing in European waters or which are European registered.
Marine certification is a unique route to market, as once you are certified and, on the register, you have a direct line to potential customers.
The first step for marine certification for fire protection equipment is to submit a request for services to the Notified Body which must include documentation relating to the product and its nature dependant on the Modules selected.
The product is then subject to "sample selection" and tested and if the criteria within the Fire Test Procedure Code are met, the Notified Body issues EC Type Examination Certification. While the product is selected, the Notified Body (or another if required by the manufacturer) reviews the quality assurance systems of the manufacturer.
If the Notified Body is satisfied that the requirements of Modules D, E or F are met, they will then issue a Quality Assurance Certificate of Conformity and registers the product in the www.mared.org website.
On receipt of this and the Type Examination Certificate, the manufacturer himself affixes the Mark of Conformity (Wheelmark) to the product and issues a Declaration of Conformity. Check the Wheelmark database for a list companies registered.
Other types of marine certification
In 2005, the signing of an MRA between the European Commission and the USCG meant that a Type Approvals and Quality Audits conducted in Europe would have validity in the USA and vice versa. Certificates are issued which have USCG approval numbers attached.
Other Flag States
Warringtonfire acts under the authority of the Maritime Coastguard Agency in issuing Type Examination certificates and therefore many (although not all) Flag States recognize the certificates Warringtonfire issues. Warringtonfire has also worked to obtain recognition in its own right with other Flag States and can now act on behalf of Canada in conducting all the preparatory work prior to Canadian Transport issuing its Approvals.
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