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

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
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
Styrene Levels
October 28, 2014

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

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
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.

Sweden
Environment
October 7, 2014

Baltic Strategy, Helcom Agreement, came into force on 1 January 2001. New legislation came into force on 1 October 2002 requiring all pleasure craft harbours to produce and publish a waste management plan. At a HELCOM meeting in January 2004 a preliminary decision was taken to grant exceptions for pleasure craft regarding emptying of toilet tanks and toilet retention systems. From April 1 2015 a total prohibition against black water emtying.

Czech Republic
Registration
October 3, 2014

Seagoing yachts up to 24m hull length: registration in Maritime office of Ministry of Transport. Inland waterways - registration of yachts with engine over 4kW or sail area over 12 sqm. registration in Statni Plavebni Sprava

Czech Republic
Construction Standards and Certification
October 3, 2014

Recreational Craft Directive 94/24/EC as amended by Directive 2003/44/EC