Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

This table gives an overview of the requirements for usage of EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) in the listed CEPT countries. It is updated by ECO when new information is received from CEPT administrations. Therefore ECO cannot be made responsible for any harm caused by use of this information.
For the most up-to-date information on EPIRB, users are advised to directly contact relevant authorities within CEPT administrations.


Administrations Ship Station
Stand-alone without
communication equipment
MMSI to be
Minimum Certificate
requirement for
 Austria  Yes No Yes Yes/SRC
 Belgium  Yes Yes Yes Yes/SRC
 Denmark  Yes Yes Yes Yes/SRC
 Estonia  Yes No Yes Yes/ROC
 Finland  Yes Yes Yes Yes/SRC
 France  Yes Yes Yes None
 Germany  Yes Yes Yes None
 Ireland  Yes Yes Yes Yes/SRC
 Malta  No Yes, preferably in combination
with VHF radio
Yes None, but when
with VHF radio: SRC
 Netherlands  Yes No Yes Yes/ROC
 Norway  Yes Yes Yes None
 Portugal  Yes Yes Yes Yes/SRC
 Romania  Yes Yes Yes Yes/LRC
 Russia  Yes No Not always, but is preferred Yes*
 Slovenia  Yes Yes Yes None
 Sweden  No Yes No but preferred SRC
 Switzerland  Yes Yes Yes None
 United Kingdom  Yes No Yes Yes/SRC

* Operator's Certificate has an international status

Updated: 21 June 2017, 12:27