Published on: 10 October 2019
Alasdair Reay (left) and Craig Morris (right)
Two leading British Marine members in the global marine compliance industry, HPi Verification Services (HPiVS) and CEproof Group, have merged to create HPI-CEproof.
It’s been a milestone 12 months for EU Notified Body HPiVS, which completed accreditation with The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) in 2018 for HPi Verification Services (Ireland) Ltd to ISO 17065 so that it can continue to certify products to the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and the EU Pressure Equipment Directive. This has enabled HPiVS to provide continuity of service, irrespective of Britain’s future status in the EU.
Recreational Craft Directive specialist, CEproof, has enjoyed an equally successful period. Its core UK operation and 10 global offices have continued to develop its tailored services, offering detailed and bespoke guidance for compliance with marine legislation, with particular focus on the RCD. The company has also seen wide adoption of its ICOMIA Technical File Generator. This software tool’s ability to simplify the entire process of managing RCD compliance documentation has attracted significant industry praise, including an IBEX Innovation Award and METSTRADE DAME Awards nomination.
Speaking of the benefits of the merger, Alasdair Reay, CEO at HPiVS, explained: “CEproof has quietly built a substantial array of software tools for the boat industry with new products launching in the immediate future. By merging the businesses we can add these valuable resources to HPiVS’s outstanding services. Working together we will make compliance easier and more watertight than ever.”
“HPi and CEproof have worked as two links of the same compliance chain for many years,” CEproof CEO and Managing Director, Craig Morris adds. “The future is so exciting now that we are able to combine our worldwide customer base with the abilities and tools of both companies.”
HPi CEproof will be headquartered at HPiVS’s existing base within the technology-focused Howbery Business Park in Wallingford, UK. CEproof’s Wroxham base in Norfolk, UK will become a regional office. HPi Verification Services (Ireland) continues to run from Dunshaughlin, just outside of Dublin. All of CEproof’s consultancy activities will be handled by CEproof’s existing operations in Europe, Western Asia, Australasia and the USA which remain independent and unaffected by the merger.