The Marine Equipment Directive (MED) lays down requirements for marine equipment on the European market. The BSH is responsible for monitoring this marine equipment on the German market and on board ships flying the German flag.
Market surveillance ensures that the marine equipment complies with all MED requirements. This is achieved through proactive market surveillance programmes and by checking specific indications.
In order to achieve a uniform implementation of these objectives throughout Europe, close cooperation takes place with the other European market surveillance authorities.
In addition to ensuring the proper approval of marine equipment, market surveillance also includes the following activities:
Market surveillance has extensive resources and measures at its disposal to fulfil its statutory tasks. The inspection of marine equipment usually begins with the examination of the certification documents (certificates, declaration of conformity). Depending on the individual case, the technical documents (e.g. test reports) are also evaluated and, if necessary, own tests or expert opinions are commissioned. There is also the possibility of sample checks at the manufacturer’s cost.
If market surveillance detects deviations, the economic operator concerned is given the opportunity to remedy them by taking voluntary measures. If the corrections are inadequate, market surveillance shall take all appropriate measures to ensure compliance of the marine equipment with the MED. In addition, a safeguard clause procedure under Article 27 MED may become necessary where appropriate.
Appropriate market surveillance measures may, for example, be taken on a case-by-case basis:
If market surveillance detects non-conformities in the inspection of marine equipment, it charges fees in accordance with the BSH fee regulation. Within the framework of the administrative obligation, the BSH can conduct appropriate administrative offence proceedings against all economic operators.