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Recreational Craft Regulations Guidance


This Guide is for businesses placing recreational craft on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021. If you are placing recreational craft on the market in Northern Ireland, you should read separate guidance. 

The Guide is designed to help you understand The Recreational Craft Regulations 2017, as amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (referred to in this document as “The 2017 Regulations”). The 2017 Regulations set out the requirements that must be met before products can be placed on the GB market. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure safe products are placed on the GB market by requiring manufacturers to show how their products meet the ‘essential requirements’.

This guidance is relevant to manufacturers, importers (including private importers) and distributors of recreational craft, personal watercraft and certain engines and other specified components. It will also be of interest to consumers and approved bodies. This guidance also sets out the enforcement regime.

The guidance is available here

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