Regulatory Reference Guide

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Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

To browse the RRG, select a country and/or criteria from the dropdown menus

South Africa
Construction Standards and Certification
September 25, 2015

There are minimum construction standards and these can be found on the SAMSA website. They are not nearly as stringent as the ISO standards but do have some local nuances. http://www.samsa.org.za/sites/samsa.org.za/files/MS%20%28National%20Smal...

South Africa
Safety Equipment
September 25, 2015

Each class of vessel, depending on inland vs coastal, distances to shore, each have different safety requirements and these can be found online on the SAMSA website. There are updated regulations on permitted life jackets for sale in South Africa. http://www.samsa.org.za/sites/samsa.org.za/files/MN%2024%20of%202014_201...

South Africa
Drivers Licences
September 25, 2015

All vessels over 15HP, and sailing vessels over 9m, require that the driver holds a skippers ticket, which is referred to as a Certificate of Competence. There are 5 different categories of Certificates of Competence and many of them require sea time

Canada
Construction Standards and Certification
October 28, 2014

New Small Vessel Construction Standards, document #TP1332 in force since 2010. To read the reguation go to: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp-tp1332-menu-521.htm Canada and US in discussions to align construction standards between the two countries

Canada
Registration
October 28, 2014

All vessel capable of being powered by engines over 9.9hp must be licensed. Licenses are valid for 10 years. The system is run by Transport Canda. Discussions are ongoing to begin charging for the licenses and system to be upgraded to all be on-line. Visit the following site for additional information: http://www.tc.gc.ca/BoatingSafety/pcl.htm

Canada
Styrene Levels
October 28, 2014

Varying limits by Province in force. Some potential new regulations pending in Province of Quebec

Canada
Product Liability
October 28, 2014

New consumer protection legislation in place requiring importers and manufacturers to report to Health Canada and recalls for products (mostly engines are affected)

Canada
Drivers Licences
October 28, 2014

As of September 2009, all powerboat operators in Canada required to have prove of competency to operate a boat. A test is to be taken - course providers regulated by Transport Canada. For complete details visit Transport Canada web site at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/debs/obs/paperwork/paperwork_operator.htm

Canada
Operating Limits
October 28, 2014

New age and horsepower restrictions for powerboat drivers went into effect April 1, 1999. For complete details visit Transport Canada at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/BoatingSafety/menu.htm

Sweden
Styrene Levels
October 8, 2014

20 ppm in force for existing factories, 10 ppm required when building new ones from 2010. Outside factory limit under consideration.