Regulatory Reform

NMMA Government Relations

To remain competitive, a business must anticipate and prepare for new regulations before they are imposed. NMMA Regulatory Affairs Department works to keep the marine industry ahead of the curve and abreast of potential new rules, ensuring that our industry’s voice is heard and heeded while helping businesses make sense of it all. Below is a wealth of information on regulatory issues of interest to the boating industry.

For more information, contact Cindy Squires, Chief Counsel for Public Affairs & Director of Regulatory Affairs, at 202-737-9766 or

Resources & Information   Transportation Task Force/ Trailers   U.S. Coast Guard    
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration   U.S. National Park Service   U.S. Forest Service    
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service   U.S. Bureau of Reclamation   U.S. Bureau of Land Management    
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency   Americans with Disabilities Act / Access Board   National Transportation Safety Board    
California Regional Water Quality Control Board   Invasive Species   Boat Permitting, CWA & Best Practices    
Amicus Program   Small Business Adminstration (SBA)   Marine Sanitation Device Standards    
Gulf Coast Oil Spill   U.S. Department of Labor        
Trade and Customs   Consumer Product Safety Commission   Vessel Hull Design Protection Act    

  • CPSC Guidance on Life Jackets [PDF - 660.94 Kb]

    CPSC's Nov. 2008 letter stating that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act does not change the exemption for boats and associated equipment in particular for life jackets

  • CPSC Portable Marine Fuel Tank FAQ [PDF - 20.33 Kb]

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that portable outboard marine fuel tanks are not subject to its regulation under the Children’s Gasoline Burn Prevention Act (“the Act”) (Pub. L. 110-278, July 17, 2008). The Act requires that certain portable gas containers have child resistant caps. See question #5.

  • NMMA Letter to CPSC asking for ruling on life jackets [PDF - 215.66 Kb]
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