Latest Recreational Boating Compliance and Standards Updates

As the premier product compliance program for boats, yachts, boat trailers, personal watercraft (PWC) and marine oils in the U.S., NMMA Certification impacts the recreational marine industry worldwide, helping to improve boat manufacturing and ensuring safe, high-quality products for consumers throughout the world. The NMMA Engineering team is dedicated to product safety, supporting our members as they work towards achieving certification and keeping the industry informed on updates and changes. 


2024 Model Year Reminders:

  • Variations Responses—within 30 days of report date/120-day max with requested extension.
  • Exams—must be completed by June 30 of the new model year.
  • At this point in the model year, all inspections should have been completed.

The 2025 model year began on June 1. Annual agreements and fees should have been completed for the 2025 model year. Progress can be monitored by logging into the NMMA ECT portal to review your Certification Checklist on the summary page. Please email Chad Keskitalo at [email protected] with any questions.

NMMA 2025MY Standards Basis

The NMMA has expanded the standards basis for the 2025 model year to include the ABYC E-2 Cathodic Protection standard. The E-2 standard applies to the design, installation, and use of cathodic protection systems on boats with sacrificial anodes or impressed currents.

In addition, the Boat and Yacht Certification Committee approved ABYC’s A-4 Fire Fighting Equipment to be added to the standards basis for the 2026 model year. To assist builders with this upcoming change, the NMMA inspectors will offer a preliminary inspection during the 2025 model year visits. This will assist members in understanding what, if any, modifications will be necessary to comply with the requirements of A-4 in the 2026 model year.

More information on the NMMA Standards basis can be found here.

New publication of harmonized standards in the OJEU

The EU Commission published Implementing Decision (EU) 2024/1197 on April 25, 2024, which effectively harmonized the following two standards:

  • EN ISO 13297:2021 Small craft—Electrical systems—Alternating and direct current installations (as amended by EN ISO 13297:2021/A1:2022 and by EN ISO 13297:2021/A11:2023)
  • EN ISO 15083:2020 Small craft—Bilge-pumping systems (as amended by EN ISO 15083:2020/A1:2022 and by EN ISO 15083:2020/A11:2023)

To give manufacturers sufficient time to adapt their products to the revised versions of both standards, an 18-month transitional period has been allocated.

Access to the recently harmonized standards are available through the ABYC online standards platform here.