You are the manager of a marina, afloat or dry, and you wish to investigate getting your port certified. Contact AFNOR Certification and corresponding structures mentioned on the ADHERENCE TO THE PROCESS section of the site.

The request for certification is at the initiative of the port manager.

The audit leading to certification

Once the marina is engaged in the Clean Harbours process, the diagnostic study carried out, the infrastructures completed, the signage in place, the training program for port staff arranged and the boaters’ awareness plan started, what is there still to do?

The manager may be a candidate for the European Clean Harbours Certification.

Go to the AFNOR certification website to find out about the procedures, the different stages of application, the documents required.

On the day of the audit leading to the certification, the auditor will check whether the port responds favorably to the criteria set out in standard AC – J81 -030 : “Clean Harbours guidelines” .  An external control plan can be downloaded from the AFNOR website. Its purpose is to define the procedures for granting and maintaining certification. It thus describes the certification stages and the control methods used by AFNOR Certification for carrying out audits.

The Clean Harbours Guide in France gives details about the audit leading to Certification.

Obtaining certification

Based on the auditor’s report, the certification decision is made by an AFNOR technical committee. The certification is issued for a period of 3 years with maintenance audits taking place every year.


When the port is certified as a « Clean Harbour», a communication kit (pavilion, city entrance sign, yachtsman’s booklet, etc), highlighting the certification is available.

In the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and Principality of Monaco area, contact the Union-des Ports-de- Plaisance de Provence-Alpes- Côte-d’Azur et Monaco to know how to obtain the communication kit. The ports of Brittany, Corsica, Hauts de France and Occitanie are invited to contact their regional unions of marinas and CPIE’s. For other territories, contact the nearest Union of marinas.

The logo below indicates that a port is certified as a Clean Harbour. It bears the words « certified by AFNOR Certification ». It is copyrighted.

In the absence of certification, the use of this logo leads to sanctions. For example, the impossibility of applying for Clean Harbours. It is possible to find the old « Certified » Clean Habours logo in ports (logo below). It remains valid. It will be gradually replaced when the ports renew their communication media.