TORONTO, May 12, 2015 /CNW/ - CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and a leading standards development organization, and DBI Certification a Notified Body by the Danish Maritime Authority, have formed an alliance to offer global testing and certification services under the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC.
The Marine Equipment Directive (MED) was implemented on January 1, 1999. It was developed in compliance with international conventions and to ensure the consistent application of relevant statutory requirements and standards. MED helps improve the safety of shipping and encourages the free movement of equipment within the European Economic Area (EEA).
"CSA Group has a long history in the transportation industry, and we are very pleased to be expanding our services to include marine equipment," said Magali Depras, COO CSA Group. "DBI Certification has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field and will help CSA Group clients in Europe and around the world achieve the necessary certifications for vessels flagged in the EU."
The MED applies to a range of marine products including: life saving, marine pollution prevention, fire protection, navigation equipment and radio communication equipment. The Directive is mandatory for ships flying an EEA member state flag. Products that meet the requirements earn the ship wheel mark, which must be displayed along with the Notified Body identification and year the mark was earned.
"DBI Certification is very pleased to enter into a cooperation with a global provider of certification services, and find that CSA GROUP, as a not-for-profit organization with high standards, meets the culture of our company. We are happy to help both existing and new customers with the certification process within the field of MED, and will, indeed, do it with great efforts, commitment and a quality level that will be to the full satisfaction of the customers", said Anders Frost-Jensen, Director of DBI Certification.
With more than 150 large ship yards, Europe is a global leader in the construction of complex vessels including luxury yachts, cruise ships, ferries and dredgers. The alliance with DBI Certification will allow CSA Group to broaden its transportation services to provide clients around the world access to European markets.
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including transportation, hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.
About DBI Certification
DBI Certification is a wholly owned subsidiary of DBI – Denmark's centre of excellence for fire and security. DBI Certification is a notified body under Construction Products Regulation and Marine Equipment Directive. DBI Certification offers third-party inspection of quality management systems and acts as an inspection agency of quality systems for ABA, AGA, AVA and ABV-T as well as ABV-M. For more information about DBI Certification please visit www.dbicertification.dk.
SOURCE Canadian Standards Association