Regulatory Reference Guide


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.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

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

Updated date Country Criteria
January 10, 2014 Netherlands Taxation

21.0% VAT in force.

July 4, 2019 Netherlands Product Liability

In line with EU Directives

July 4, 2019 Netherlands Environment

Legislation for black (toilet) water onboard is in force since 1-1-2009, written as "not allowed to discrage any black water from pleasure crafts". The use of a certified treatment system will be able from 2019. Ban on copper based anti-foulings is no longer in force, however, biocide based antifouling is only allowed when the product is permitted by national authorities. Styrene limits are in line with EU directives. Legislation for limits on wood-dust emissions at industry, VOC in paint and also for welding exhaust emissions are in force.

July 4, 2019 Netherlands Construction Standards and Certification

In line with the RCD.

September 27, 2013 Finland Taxation

VAT at 24% on all new goods and services except utility boats > 10m in length, where no VAT applicable.

July 25, 2013 Turkey Taxation

8% consumer tax + 18% VAT totaling 27.4% apply for all craft to be registered under Turkish Flag. But all Turkish citizens are allowed to own a boat registered with a flag state and keep the boat in Turkish waters for five years. Nearly all prefer to have their boat registered in Delaware-USA and pay no tax at all.

July 25, 2013 Turkey Styrene Levels

All building facilities using solvents are to be licensed by Ministry of Environment.

July 25, 2013 Turkey Safety Equipment

4 types of safety equipment set is defined. Basic, Coastal, Offshore and overseas

July 25, 2013 Turkey Registration

All craft above 2.5 m need to be registered.

July 25, 2013 Turkey Product Liability

National regulations have been harmonized with EU directives.