France – Construction Standards and Certification


Directive 94/25/CE (as amended by 2003/44) in force for new boats and boats from third countries. National rules in force for boats in French market before 16 June 1998. Boats placed on EU market before 16 June 1998 are accepted without specific rules. Boats excluded from the directive have to comply either with ISO standards (for example, amateur built) or specific flotation rules for sea-going kayaks and rowing boats. For these rules, self certification applies, except stability for category A and B boats, to be check by a notified body. The EU declaration of conformity format is accepted (available on, but of course in French.