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Exploring Type Approval Schemes with LR


For low-safety criticality components that are agreed upon by Recognised Organisations (RO), Lloyd’s Register can type approve them under the Mutual Recognition scheme. This LR certification is:

  • Recognised by all other classification societies working under EU Regulation 391/2009
  • Applicable to ships flying the flag of Member States
  • Accepted at the discretion of non-EU Flag States

What is EU RO Mutual Recognition Approval Scheme?

This voluntary Type Approval certification for marine equipment is based on Technical Requirements developed as a consolidation of all of the classification societies’ rules for a defined product.

It is applicable on ships flying the EU flag. The acceptance on non-EU flag ships remains at the discretion of relevant non-EU flag States in the exercise of their exclusive jurisdiction.

The certificates obtained under this scheme eliminate the need for multiple certifications as it is recognized by all the other EU RO. Only those companies that held ISO 9001 whose components are included in the EU RO Mutual Recognition Scheme can apply for this.

Why LR?

LR's third-party certification services deliver the confidence manufacturers and clients need, providing the technical expertise to ensure products and components meet the highest standards.

Delivering certification services

LR is your trusted adviser for all compliance and performance requirements, offering services that make your business safe, sustainable and efficient.

A collaborative partnership

We do more than tell you that your product has passed or failed. We support you by connecting you with expertise and sharing our domain experience to add value and provide clarity to the technical detail.

Sustainability built on a foundation of safety

We are founded on social purpose values and safety has been at the heart of our work since the very beginning. LR is agile, adaptable and focused on delivering sustainable change for the future. Learn more by exploring our sustainability story.

Digital-led solutions

We are accelerating our technical capability, transitioning to more digital services to give you access to technical expertise, whether in person or remote. Through digital transformation, we utilise data and real-time intelligence to provide transparency and oversight throughout the project lifecycle.

A trusted brand with technical excellence

We partner with you to support maritime in achieving its decarbonisation objectives and driving performance across the ocean economy. We help you mitigate risk, enhance operations and make intelligent investment decisions.

Your business helps LR to help others

Our generated profits fund the Lloyd's Register Foundation, an independent charity supporting research, innovation and education to make the world a safer place.