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International Marine Certification Institute IMCI

3, rue Abbé Cuypers, 1040 Bruxelles
Telephone +32 2 7416836
Fax +32 2 7412418

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boot 2020 hall map (Hall 3): stand A94.3

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boot 2020 fairground map: Hall 3

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 12  Organisations / Institutions / Clubs
  • 12.01  Organisations / Institutions
  • 12.01.01  Governmental Bodies / Institutions
  • 12  Organisations / Institutions / Clubs
  • 12.01  Organisations / Institutions
  • 12.01.02  Private Organisations (NGOs)
  • 13  Marinas / Docks / Harbor Facilities
  • 13.03  Marina Construction / Services
  • 13.03.03  Marina Operators / Management

Our products

Product category: Classification, Governmental Bodies / Institutions, Private Organisations (NGOs), Marina Operators / Management

Boats and Components

The core business of IMCI is definitely the CE-certification of watercraft and their components according to the Recreational Craft Directive of the European Union. 
In addition, we have other certification programmes in this market segment, such as the certification of

  • Components according to the standards of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) in the USA;
  • Watercraft according the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) requirements for the US market;
  • Offshore sailing yachts according to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations using the Structural Plan Review Scheme.

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Product category: Classification, Governmental Bodies / Institutions, Private Organisations (NGOs), Marina Operators / Management

Certification of skilled trade and service companies

Quality is the focus

A corporate certification is the successful verification of a company using a set of criteria by a neutral certification body. This process is regulated by an EN standard. Most known undoubtedly is certification to EN ISO 9000 ff. These are standards that describe the principles of quality management measures. It is a system certification. Through carefully documented processes within an organisation it shall be ensured that the objectives of quality management can be achieved. Thus the operational procedures are certified and not the resulting quality. 

IMCI has a different approach which focuses on quality expected by a customer. There exist clearly defined quality objectives, whose compliance is checked regularly. This result certification has the advantage, that the end user is shown a defined and validated quality of services which are provided.

Excellent retail trade and service companies can be found here.

Companies have the opportunity to get certification in one or more of the following specialised business areas:
•    Boat specialised trade

•    Accessories specialised trade

•    Boat service specialised trade

•    Engine sales & service specialised trade (3 levels)

The quality catalogue has a total of approximately 200 individual quality criteria including about 90 mandatory ones which must be fulfilled in any case. For the other performance criteria points can be collected  to reach the specified and required minimum number of points. Each company gets audited by an IMCI Inspector.

When all mandatory criteria and also the required minimum points are reached, the certification is granted for a total of 3 years.

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Product category: Classification, Governmental Bodies / Institutions, Private Organisations (NGOs), Marina Operators / Management

IMCI Certification for Experts in the Field of Marine Business

Are you an expert in the recreational craft market and are in need of documenting your qualifications by an independent certification service?
Are you a group of professionals searching for a quality system for your current and future members?

IMCI offers certification for professionals in the field of recreational crafts, according to EN 17024!

The certification implies examination of persons as experts in the field of recreational craft (all pleasure boats and yachts).

Certified experts may work for:
  • private persons (boat owners)
  • egal entities (boat manufacturers, boat yards, charter companies, retailers, insurance companies)
  • state authorities
  • courts
 They all may look out for an expert:
  • for a value assessment when buying/selling a boat
  • to determine the extent of a damage
  • to get an expertise if work has been properly done
  • to get an expertise in case of quarrels or court cases
  • Official authorities and courts may also hire experts in case of delegating clear defined tasks to experts, e.g. checking compliance of charter boats with regards to safety and equipment.

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About us

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IMCI is a European Union based, independent, non-profit organisation committed to adding value to worldwide recreational craft industry by assessing compliance of companies, products, services and experts with the highest recognised standards of quality and safety.

Customer satisfaction can only be achieved with highly qualified and motivated staff and the help of the most advanced technology.

"Modern simplicity instead of classical complexity"