The Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division (CG-ENG-4) administers the Coast Guard approval program in the areas of passenger evacuation, survival and rescue equipment. 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.
Generally, equipment categories 16X.0xx indicates that the approved equipment is intended to be installed or carried on a U.S. flagged on domestic voyages (Non-SOLAS).
Equipment categories 16X.1xx generally indicate that the approved equipment complies with the relevant SOLAS performance criteria and may be installed or carries on a U.S. flagged on an international voyage (SOLAS) or a domestic voyages (Non-SOLAS).
Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to TypeApproval@uscg.mil. Please see What to submit when corresponding with ENG-4 regarding equipment approvals/renewal. For files sizes above 10MB and less than 8GB you may submit correspondence via the ARL Secure Access File Exchange (SAFE) at https://safe.arl.army.mil/.
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.
For a complete listing of USCG Type Approved Equipment, please visit the Coast Guard Marine Information Exchange (CGMIX).