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1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its 102nd session (4 to 11 November 2020), approved the Revised standardized life-saving appliance evaluation and test report forms.

2 The original forms, as set forth in the Standardized life-saving appliance evaluation and test report forms (MSC/Circ.980) and its addenda, were developed on the basis of the requirements of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code and the Revised recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances (resolution MSC.81(70)) by the Maritime Safety Committee, at its seventy-third session in 2001, with a view to providing guidance on how to conduct tests, record test data and verify tests. The Committee has since adopted seven amendments to the LSA Code and eight amendments to resolution MSC.81(70). These amendments have been incorporated in the original forms which, due to their volume, are now presented in six separate circulars, i.e. MSC.1/Circ.1628, MSC.1/Circ.1629, MSC.1/Circ.1630, MSC.1/Circ.1631, MSC.1/Circ.1632 and MSC.1/Circ.1633, pertaining to the equipment addressed in chapters II to VII of the LSA Code, respectively. The forms annexed to this circular apply to the equipment addressed in chapter III of the LSA Code, i.e. visual signals (rocket parachute flares, hand flares and buoyant smoke signals).

3 The use of the revised forms will continue to be of benefit to Administrations and other parties, such as manufacturers, test facilities, owners and surveyors, and will be a major help in mutually accepting the type approval of appliances approved by other Administrations.

4 Member Governments are invited to bring the annexed, revised forms to the attention of all parties concerned with approving, manufacturing and testing life-saving appliances and to encourage them to use the forms.

5 This circular supersedes MSC/Circ.980.

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