5.1.1 The Administration shall approve products in accordance with their established approval procedures by using the type approval procedure (see paragraph 5.2) or the case-by-case approval (see paragraph 5.3).
5.1.2 The Administration may authorize competent authorities to issue approvals on their behalf.
5.1.3 An applicant who seeks approval shall have the legal right to use the test reports on which the application is based (see paragraph 4.3.2).
5.1.4 The Administration may require that the approved products are provided with special approval markings.
5.1.5 The approval shall be valid when the product is installed on board a ship. If a product is approved when manufactured, but the approval expires before the product is installed on the ship, the product may be installed as approved material, provided that the criteria have not changed since the expiry date of the approval certificate.
5.1.6 The application for approval shall be sought from the Administration or competent authority. The application shall contain at least the following:
.1 the name and address of the applicant and of the manufacturer;
.2 the name or trade name of the product;
.3 the specific qualities for which approval is sought;
.4 drawings or descriptions of the assembly and materials of the product as well as instructions, where applicable, for its installation and use; and
.5 a report on the fire test(s).
5.1.7 Any significant alteration to a product shall make the relevant approval to cease to be valid. To obtain a new approval, the product shall be retested.
5.2 Type approval
5.2.1 The type approval certificates shall be issued and renewed on basis of the test reports of the applicable fire tests (see section 4).
5.2.2 The Administration shall require that the manufacturers have a quality control system audited by a competent authority to ensure continuous compliance with the type approval conditions. Alternatively, the Administration may use final product verification procedures where the compliance with the type approval certificate is verified by a competent authority before the product is installed on board ships.
5.2.3 The type approval certificates shall be valid no more than 5 years from the date of issue.
5.2.4 Type approval certificates shall include at least the following:
.1 identification (name or trade name and description) of the product;
.2 classification and any restrictions in the use of the product;
.3 name and address of the manufacturer and applicant;
.4 test method(s) used in test(s);
.5 identification of the test report(s) and applicable statements (including date of issue, possible file number and the name and address of the testing laboratory);
.6 date of issue and possible number of the type approval certificate;
.7 expiration date of the certificate; and
.8 name of the issuing body (competent authority) and, if applicable, authorization.
5.2.5 In general, the type approved products may be installed for their intended use on board ships flying the flag of the approving Administration.
5.3 Case-by-case approval
5.3.1 The case-by-case approval means approval where a product is approved for installation on board a specific ship without using a type approval certificate.
5.3.2 The Administration may approve products using the applicable test procedures for specific ship applications without issuing a type approval certificate. The case-by-case approval is only valid for the specific ship.