The Wheel Mark (Mark of Conformity) is the European regulatory marking of all marine equipment, as defined in the Marine Equipment Directive, 96/98/EC.
The Wheel Mark ensures a uniform application of international instruments, for example:
• IMO Conventions
• Circulars and international testing standards
A prior market access control (type approval) of a specimen (or prototype) and verification of the manufacturing process or the end-user product itself in demonstrating compliance is required. For that reason Notified Body provisions are compulsory.
Why choose the Wheel Mark?
• Placing the product on the market is authorized only if the equipment is compliant with the Directive.
• The Wheel mark symbolizes that conformity assessment procedures have been successfully completed in accordance with the community requirements.
Other facts about the Wheel mark• It is to be placed onboard community ships not previously carrying such equipment, or where it replaces equipment previously carried onboard ships, flying the flag of any EU/EEA countries.
• Next to the Wheel mark, the EU Id # of the Notified Body involved in the verification process and the last two digits of the year shall be affixed.
• The manufacturer must draw up an EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC) declaring that the equipment conforms to type or conforms to the relevant international instruments prior to the Wheel marking.