Product Evaluation Process (PEP) Industry Consultation Phase

To better reflect the changes towards more complexity and innovation in marine products, the existing safety criticality methodology for the eligibility assessment of products under the MR process has been revised by the EU RO MR Group. A first brief on the revised safety criticality method was delivered by the MR Group during the Technical Review Meeting (TRM) 2018. The PEP-MR methodology was introduced and discussed with the attending industry representatives and is now ready for industry consultation.

Following the first introduction Industry Associations and their members, representing the global marine equipment and technology industry, are kindly invited to review the draft Product Evaluation Process (PEP).

Feedback on the Product Evaluation Process (PEP) model as well as the supplementing PEP Instruction Manual shall be coordinated by industry associations, using the PEP Guiding Questions. For your comments, the following Feedback Table could be used which, when completed, shall be sent to [email protected] by 31 August 2019.

All feedback received will be considered carefully and changes will be incorporated in the final version of the PEP and PEP Manual, where appropriate.

The EU RO MR Group will provide a response on the outcome of these considerations, if feasible before the adoption of the PEP end of 2019.

The final version of the Product Evaluation Process (PEP) and PEP Manual will be published on the EU RO MR Group website as soon as adopted.

MR Technical Requirements (MR TR) Development

The first step of the development process is to consider which products could be suitable for MR TR development. The EU RO MR Group currently use the following Product Consideration Process to review the suitability of potential products:

The EU ROs apply the Simplified Risk Based Model (Opt In / Opt Out criteria) to ascertain product suitability for MR.

In case of rejection of a product, the stakeholder may appeal the decision in writing by stating the reasons thereof and by justifying the appeal submitting relevant documentation within 3 months after having been notified of the rejection. The MR Group is obliged to re-consider the product under the Product Consideration Process on the basis of documentation submitted in the appeal case within a reasonable timeframe (normally not expected to exceed 6 months). The appeal will be evaluated on the basis of the documents submitted in the appeal process. Notification of the appeal decision will be given to the applicant in writing.

After the Product Consideration Process has been completed and the products for a particular tier of products have been elected, the Technical Committee discuss and negotiate a mutually recognised draft requirement for each product, based on the most demanding and rigorous standard, as required by the Article 10.1 of the Regulation (EC) 391/2009 using the MR TR Development Process below:

Technical Requirements Maintenance Process

  • Change Requests and/or feedback for the agreed Technical Requirements shall be made in writing to the EU RO MR Secretariat ( [email protected] ). The EU RO MR Technical Committee and Steering Committee follow the process below.
  • Change Requests include (but are not limited to) procedural updates, test requirement updates, rule changes or industry feedback and can vary in significance from a simple editorial change to a technical parameter or test change that may require industry consultation.
  • Revisions of Technical Requirements are endorsed (where appropriate) by the EU RO MR Steering Committee and are re-issued on a regular basis.