The American Boat and Yacht Council has released new tools to help manufacturers keep compliance records that can help them in the event of a lawsuit and help them export their products.
The ABYC Compliance Audit Tool and the Global Compliance Guideline are designed to assist members in compliance, both domestically and internationally.
The ABYC Compliance Audit Tool itemizes the major requirements to be considered when assessing compliance to the ABYC standards in a checklist format for clean and organized technical documentation.
“This tool is a great asset to any manufacturer building to the ABYC standards,” said Christina Paul, partner in the Miami office of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP, in a statement. “It helps keep compliance records accurate and complete which can prove invaluable when they are used in litigation.”
The ABYC Compliance Audit Tool is free for members here.
ABYC also released its Global Compliance Guideline, which keeps an up-to-date guide on product compliance requirements for recreational craft to over 60 countries throughout the world.
This allows members to quickly reference the known points of the given country to help them understand what they need to export their products.
“ABYC is dedicated to supporting our members in global product compliance requirements,” said Craig Scholten, ABYC technical vice president. “This collection of information assists builders to better understand the unique or additional product compliance requirements for various markets around the world.”
The guideline is a living document that is maintained by ABYC thorough the efforts of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group.
ABYC is the American National Standards Institute accredited TAG representative for the United States.