MED (Module D & E)
Marine Equipment – Modules D and E
As Notified Body 0338, BTTG™ is accredited for Module D and Module E
All marine equipment covered by the Marine Equipment Directive (96/98/EC, to be replaced by 2014/90/EU) must undergo the procedures given in the Directive.
BTTG™, Notified Body 0338, is accredited for all relevant modules for a range of Fire protection equipment within Annex A.1 of the Directive. All of these items must go through EC Type-Examination (Module B), and then one of the procedures for checking of production. Module D is suitable for manufacturers of marine equipment with an approved quality system for production, final-product inspection and testing, such as ISO 9000 or similar systems. Module E is suitable for manufacturers with an approved quality system for final inspection and testing.
The Module D (and E) process
The manufacturer should provide BTTG™ with its quality-control system documentation. We will then audit the production sites and other premises included in the quality system, such as head office, design offices etc. Once BTTG™ decides that the system can produce marine equipment which conforms with the original model, with the Directive and with the relevant standards, then we will issue a Module D (or E) Certificate. Marine equipment with a Module B issued by another Notified Body can be included, provided BTTG™ is supplied with copies of the Module B Certificate.
A Module D (or E) Certificate covers only the specific products listed, and is issued for a single Annex A.1 category. Each marine equipment listed on a Module B Certificate must be listed on a Module D (or E) Certificate to comply with the Directive.
The Certificate is usually issued for 5 years. Other items from the same Annex A.1 category can be added, once the Module B is issued. BTTG™, as a Notified Body, must continue to monitor the quality-control system by carrying out surveillance audits, generally once per year.
Wheelmarking and the Declaration of Conformity
Once the Module D (or E) Certificate is issued, the manufacturer can then issue the Declaration of Conformity and affix the wheelmark to the marine equipment, in accordance with Article 11 and Annex D of the Directive. The Mark must be accompanied by the BTTG™ Notified Body number, 0338, together with the last two digits of the year in which the mark is affixed (essentially the year of manufacture) in the form 0338/YY.
The MarED Database
The details of all approved Marine Equipment is published on the MarED Database, available to the public. Only those products with a valid Module B Certificate and also a valid Module D, E or F Certificate are visible.
The MarED website, www.mared.org, is the site for the co-ordination group for the Notified Bodies, and hosts the database, as well as other useful information.
BTTG™ auditing services
BTTG™ auditors are trained to the principles of ISO 9001 and have many years’ experience of auditing marine equipment manufacturers and textile producers, they cover the globe from our bases in the United Kingdom, China and India. Marine equipment manufacturers in Europe, Asia, and North America may rely upon our professional auditing staff to deliver product specific, high-quality auditing, to internationally renowned quality management auditing standards. For manufacturers of firefighter equipment for marine use, our auditors can often combine the Module D audit with a PPE Directive Article 11B audit, providing a cost-effective solution for manufacturers targeting both markets.
BTTG™, through our UK based auditors, can also provide ISO 9000 certification, and can usually conduct a Module D audit alongside the ISO 9000 audit. This allows a manufacturer to gain Quality Management Systems approval at the same time as fulfilling their regulatory obligations (see here for our ISO 9001 information).