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Brandi Baldwin, P.E.
U.S. Coast Guard
Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division,
Office of Design and Engineering Standards
Changes are coming on new standards for wearable personal flotation devices (PFD), aka life jackets. These new standards will be harmonized with Canada and based on the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard currently being used in Europe. A notable impact of the move towards a more international harmonization is the elimination of the current type codes (i.e., Type I, II, III, etc).
Since many states use these terms in their current laws and regulations, the Coast Guard wants start the dialog now so that the transition is less of a shock to you and your programs.