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What is the Recreational Sectoral Group (RSG)? PDF Print E-mail

The Recreational Craft Sectoral Group (RSG), consisting of all Notified Bodies and other parties with valid interest, has been established to assist in the uniform application and interpretation of the actual version of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).

The objectives of co-operation within the RSG are:
• to share experience and exchange views on the application of the conformity assessment procedures with the aim of contributing to a uniform understanding and application of requirements and procedures;
• to elaborate opinions from a technical point of view on matters of conformity assessment procedures by seeking a consensus;
• to give advice to the Commission following its request on subjects related to the application of the Directives;
• to consider aspects of ethics related to Notified Body activities and to elaborate, if necessary, statements on that topic;
• to remain in coherence with standardisation work at European and international level;
• to remain informed of harmonisation activities at European level.

This is accomplished by co-operation among certification organisations, user organisations, and Manufacturers, who are participating in the development of these RSG guidelines.

The tasks of the RSG are:
• to be a forum for exchanging information and raising issues of common concern relating to conformity assessment and other technical aspects;
• to define points of difficulty, propose possible solutions and either agree on a common solution or agree on the equivalence of several solutions;
• to prepare recommendations and draft guidelines for acceptance by the Standing Committee established under the RCD and for the Commission;
• to receive and discuss Commission guidance documents and other information pertinent to the practical application of the RCD;
• to collect and collate questions and problems arising from the practical application of the RCD and to present these, together with RSG recommended solutions, where possible, to the Commission.

The composition of RSG comprises the following parties:
• Notified Bodies
• The Commission
• The Recreational Craft Industry
• User Organisation
• European Standardisation Bodies

pdf RSG Guidelines