Approval Series (or Qclass):
Safety equipment, materials, or installations requiring Coast Guard approval are
issued approval numbers in the form 000.000 / 0000000 / 0. The first six digits
and the decimal point are the "Approval Series (Qclass)." Many Approval Series (Qclass)
numbers (but not all) correspond to subparts in 46 CFR Subchapter Q, hence their
name Qclass (for example, "Kapok Life Preserver" are assigned a Qclass/Approval
Series of "160.002"). To see a list of all Approval Series',
Approval number is the number that is assigned to a specific make and model of approved
equipment. For the Approval Series Name (or Qclass description) of "Kapok Life Preserver",
American Pad and Textile Company was assigned the first approval under this Approval
Series (or Qclass) for a Model 2, adult life preserver identified as 160.002/1/0.
The second field, the "1", is the number assigned for the make and model. The third
field is the revision number for the design. It is the combination of these three
numbers "160.002/1/0" that is known as the "Approval Number". The next make and
model submitted for approval in this Approval Series is assigned the next sequential
number in the center field and so forth. If the make and model is significantly
revised, the next sequential revision number is assigned in the third field. (The
revision number is not needed/used to search.). If more than one manufacturer makes
the same equipment, the additional manufacturers are given a 'Private Label' identifier.
This is a letter after the second slash, but before the revision number (000.000/A0000000/0).
You may search by using the entire Approval Number, or using just the Approval Series.
Approval Series Name:
For the above example of Approval Series (Qclass) 160.002, "Kapok Life Preserver"
is known as the Approval Series Name (or Qclass description).
The name of the manufacturer of approved equipment.
EC/US MRA Approval:
These are products that have been given European Community (EC) approval or Wheelmark
approval by the US Coast Guard based on a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) signed
in February 2004. Specific products as set forth in the MRA Annex II may go through
the US Coast Guard approval process and then be assigned an EC approval number and
be allowed to display the Wheelmark without additional EC oversight. Additional
information on this MRA may be viewed at the G-MSE-4 website: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mse4/mse4home.htm.
General Keyword Search:
This is a general search of all text fields for a specified keyword.
Wildcard characters are automatically added to all text based searches. However,
if you wish to further refine your search you may use two wildcard characters. The
underscore '_' character replaces a single character. Example: J_pan searches for
Japan, Jbpan, Jcpan and so on. The percent '%' character can be used to replace
any combination of characters. Example: Ja% would return both Japan and Jacksonville.
Approval Status: There are four approval status types:
APPROVED (App) - Product meets current requirements and is approved for production
under Coast Guard approval.
FORMER-MAY USE - Product is no longer approved for production but previously
produced items may continue to be used as long as in good and serviceable condition.
FORMER-MAY NOT USE - Product is no longer approved for production and previously
produced items may not be used or remain in service. This status is used for products
which are obsolete, or may present a safety hazard if they are used or remain in
service. Examples are cork lifejackets, and dated items such as old pyrotechnics
and survival rations.
EXPIRED - Product's approval has expired, and the approval holder has not
notified us whether it should be extended or terminated. Pending resolution of its
status, the product is no longer approved for production. Items manufactured prior
to expiration of the approval are considered APPROVED.