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What are the Standards?

Standards are the core of ABYC as they are continuously researched, developed and revised by over 400 volunteer marine professionals on 16 Project Technical Committees (PTCs) from all fields of the industry including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), trade organizations and private entities. ABYC collaborates with safety organizations worldwide such as Transport Canada and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). As a result of strong industry and government support, ABYC has evolved into the premier standards developer and the viable alternative to mandatory government regulations of the marine industry.

Click here to see a list of the current ABYC Standards

Other facts:
  • ABYC Standards covers a broad range of topics including U.S. Federal requirements. In fact, Transport Canada is adopting ABYC Standards and the harmonization will lead to one set of safety standards for the design, construction and repair of boats.
  • ABYC Standards are the basis of certification programs, marine surveys and legal judgements.
  • In product liability lawsuits, ABYC Standards are the authoritative reference for evaluating issues of design, construction, maintenance and product performance
  • The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Certification program uses ABYC standards for all key areas related directly to safety. Consumers are looking for the “NMMA Certified Using ABYC Standards”.
  • ABYC is the U. S. representative to ISO, and works to promote the needs of the U.S. marine industry in relation to ISO
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