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MED Wheel Marking

MED - Wheel Marking of Marine Equipment

The Marine Equipment Directive (MED)

The Marine Equipment Directive (96/98/EC) seeks to harmonize the approval of equipment placed on board EU registered ships. Equipment which is listed in Annex A.1 of the Directive must undergo the procedures given in the Directive, and must meet the requirements of the standards listed in the Annex. Marine Equipment which has been approved is marked with the ‘Wheel Mark’.

Directive 96/98/EC will be replaced by Directive 2014/90/EU, which comes into effect on 18th September 2016, but which does not make any significant changes to the conformity procedures.

Annex A

Only those products listed in Annex A.1 of the Directive can be Wheelmarked. The Annex is divided into several sections:

  1. Life-saving appliances
  2. Marine pollution prevention
  3. Fire protection equipment
  4. Navigation equipment
  5. Radiocommunication equipment
  6. Equipment required under COLREG 72 (Navigation lights)
  7. Equipment under SOLAS Chapter II-1 (Water level detectors)

Each type of equipment has its own A.1 number, and the applicable International regulations are listed. The testing standards that must be used, and the conformity procedures (Modules) that must be followed, are also listed.

Marine Equipment listed in Annex A.2 do not have appropriate or agreed testing standards, but may be moved to Annex A.1 when a suitable standard is approved.

The European Commission update Annex A with new products and testing standards, typically once per year.

BTTG™ - Notified Body 0338

BTTG™ Testing & Certification Ltd. is Notified Body 0338 under the Marine Equipment Directive for Fire Protection Equipment. Our scope includes the following items: A.1/3.1 Primary decks covering A.1/3.3 Fire-fighter’s outfit: protective clothing (close proximity clothing) A.1/3.4 Fire-fighter’s outfit: boots A.1/3.5 Fire-fighter’s outfit: gloves A.1/3.6 Fire-fighter’s outfit: helmet A.1/3.7 Self-contained compressed-air- operated breathing apparatus A.1/3.18 Surface materials and floor coverings with low flame-spread characteristics - (c) floor coverings A.1/3.19 Draperies, curtains and other suspended textile materials and films A.1/3.20 Upholstered furniture A.1/3.21 Bedding components A.1/3.44 Fire-fighters outfit — lifeline

BTTG™ is accredited for all of the relevant Modules – B, D, E and F.

Module B - EC Type-Examination

All Fire protection equipment must undergo Module B (EC Type-Examination) by a Notified Body. The manufacturer must submit the equipment together with a Technical File for type-examination. BTTG™ Certification Services, backed by the specialist knowledge of staff from the BTTG™ accredited test laboratories and with the assistance of external marine experts, will assess the equipment and Technical File, together with any test reports, for compliance with the relevant testing standards and International regulations.

Once approved, a Module B Certificate EC Type-Examination is issued. All Fire protection equipment must also undergo one of Modules D, E or F – checking of the product or of the production.

Modules D & E

BTTG™ are accredited for Module D (Production-Quality Assurance) and E (Product-Quality Assurance). Module D is suitable for manufacturers with an approved quality-control system, such as ISO 9000 or similar systems. Module E is for manufacturers with an approved quality system for final inspection and testing.

More information on our Module D & E services can be found here.

Module F

BTTG™ are also accredited for Module F (Product Verification), suitable for manufacturers of marine equipment who do not have an approved Quality System.

The manufacturer presents their product in lots or batches. The Notified Body will select from the batch at random, and carry out tests to demonstrate conformity with the original equipment. Once this is done, a Module F Certificate is issued, identifying the approved batch.

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,, is the site for the co-ordination group for the Notified Bodies, and hosts the database, as well as other useful information.