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§159.005-7 Preapproval review: Coast Guard action.
(a) If approval inspections and tests are required under the applicable subpart, the Commandant takes the following action:
(1) If the Commandant determines from the application that the equipment or material appears to meet the design requirements of an applicable subpart or appears to have equivalent performance characteristics, and that the laboratory meets §159.010-3(a), the Commandant informs the manufacturer that the required approval inspections and tests may be conducted.
(2) If the Commandant determines from the application for approval that the equipment or material does not appear to meet the design requirements of an applicable subpart or does not appear to have equivalent performance characteristics, or that the laboratory does not meet §159.010-3(a), the Commandant informs the manufacturer of the reason why the equipment or material is not acceptable for approval inspections and tests or why the laboratory is not accepted.
(b) If no approval inspections or tests are required under the applicable subpart, the Commandant—
(1) Takes action in accordance with §159.005-13; or
(2) Informs the manufacturer of additional information required before action under §159.005-13 can be taken.
(c) An item of equipment or material that does not meet all of the requirements of this subchapter for design or performance may be approved by the Commandant if it has equivalent performance characteristics. The item has equivalent performance characteristics if the application and any approval tests prescribed by the Commandant, in place of or in addition to the approval tests required by this subchapter, demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commandant that the item is at least as effective as one that meets the requirements of this subchapter.
[44 FR 73043, Dec. 17, 1979, as amended by CGD 85-205, 62 FR 25545, May 9, 1997]