This document responds to the request for harmonisation of the certification process to be applied worldwide, adding value to industry and stakeholder in the renewable energy sector and providing a more effective service.
The purpose of the document is to provide a common basis for the certification of marine energy converter units, including a basis for acceptance of operating bodies and mutual recognition of certificates.
The document also has the objective to clearly communicate to the stakeholders and society in general the framework of certification for the wave and tidal energy sector, its extent and the definition of common deliverables by certification bodies.
In addition to safety and environmental requirements, the certification framework defined in this document is focused on the functional requirements of the device.
The document is now the basis of an International Work Group led by the Compliance Authority within the IEC. In due course, an international standard document will be evolved.
It is not the intention of this document to specify how the certification service is provided, rather to assist any organisation in the sector seeking to establish a certification regime for their product or appoint a suitable certification body to act for them.