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International Standards Development - British Marine

Boatbuilding at Seaward on the Isle of WightISO, or the International Organization for Standardization to give it its full name, publishes standards on a vast range of subjects, including small craft (under 24m by ISO/TC188) and large yachts (over 24m by ISO/TC8/SC12). British Marine represents the marine industry at each of these standards committees and the many working groups that fall under the control of the principal committees.

The Technical Committee dedicated to small craft standards, ISO/TC188, was established over 25 years ago and develops standards for all aspects of small craft design and build, including equipment, systems, handling, stability and construction.

Many of these standards are developed in support of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and, when published, provide boatbuilders with a means of demonstrating conformity with the RCD Essential Safety Requirements (ESR).

British Marine members can obtain a full explanation of ISO standards and how they are ultimately applied in the UK and elsewhere, together with a list of latest ISO standards under review, by logging into this page.