The Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division (CG-ENG-4) administers the Coast Guard approval program in the areas of Structural Fire Protection, Fire Suppression Systems, and Fire Protection (Detection) Systems. Approval guidance for the various types of lifesaving equipment can be found:
The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval. Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted or Recognized Independent Laboratory.
Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to TypeApproval@uscg.mil. For files sizes above 10MB and less than 8GB you may submit correspondence via the DOD Secure Access File Exchange (SAFE). For details, please see What to submit when corresponding with ENG-4 regarding equipment approvals/renewal.
Once the equipment has been approved by this office, it will receive Coast Guard Type Approval and a Certificate of Approval (COA). The COA will be issued for 5 years and will remain valid during that time period if the product meets the testing of the Quality Control Program.