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European Union Mutual Recognition for Manufacturers

Class Societies with European Union Recognized Organization status are working together to implement Article 10.1 of Regulation (EC) No.391/2009. ABS is a current European Union Recognized Organization for Mutual Recognition (EU RO MR).

MR is available to all manufacturers irrespective of their location and is equally acceptable across all the EU RO members, as allowed by the agreement. 


The manufacturer must maintain a quality management system certified to the latest ISO9001 standard or equivalent.

Only components and equipment that have a low safety criticality and that have been agreed upon by ROs can be type approved under the Mutual Recognition scheme. The list of products that are included in EU RO MR and the technical requirements for MR, can be found under the Agreed Technical Requirements for Mutual Recognition.


MR is a time-saving and cost-effective product approval solution for manufacturers.

The EU Mutual Recognition Type Approval Certificates issued by ABS are accepted by all the other EU MR ROs, eliminating the need for multiple certification.

The MR Type Approval Certificates issued by ABS are maintained in the ABS Type Approval database.