Third party laboratories that are in the business of independently evaluating, inspecting, and testing equipment, may act on behalf of the Coast Guard during the approval process for selected equipment approval categories ensuring that the equipment meets appropriate standards. Independent Laboratories conduct initial (approval) and follow-up (production) testing of equipment and materials that require Coast Guard Approval. An Independent Laboratory will be approved for a specific equipment approval category. CG-ENG-4 can only accept and recognize laboratories that are engaged in the testing of lifesaving and fire protection equipment and materials.
ACCEPTANCE GUIDANCE & INFORMATION
The general requirements for Acceptance of an independent laboratory are listed in Title 46 CFR § 159.010-3, with additional product-specific requirements found in the applicable subparts.
(a) To be accepted by the Coast Guard as an independent laboratory, a laboratory must—
APPLICATION FOR ACCEPTANCE
The process is initiated when the independent laboratory applies for Acceptance, according to 46 CFR 159.010-5. As part of the application, the laboratory must specify which equipment or material it wishes to test, and submit evidence that it meets the requirements for that equipment or material, as specified in the applicable subpart. If the laboratory is not government-owned or a classification society, they must also provide details of their business structure, including any owners or officers, to demonstrate independence.
Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to TypeApproval@uscg.mil.
After we have completed a review of the submittal package, we will contact the laboratory to arrange on site inspection of the testing facility. For laboratories located outside the United States, the laboratory is required to pay travel expenses for the facility inspection.
Once the laboratory has been accepted, it will be issued an acceptance letter, and its name will be listed under the U. S. Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory Database.
RECOGNITION GUIDANCE & INFORMATION
For a laboratory to become a Recognized Independent Laboratory, it must meet all the requirements for acceptance, and enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Coast Guard in accordance with 46 CFR 159.010-7.
Please send the request to become a Recognized Independent Laboratory to TypeApproval@uscg.mil.
Once the laboratory has been recognized, it will execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Coast Guard, and its name will be listed under the U. S. Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory Database as recognized for the appropriate subpart(s).