The European Community Directive 94/25 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administration provisions of member states relating to recreational craft became fully operational in June 1998, and has been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Recreational Craft) Regulations, 1998, S.I. No. 40 of 1998. The aim of the directive is to eliminate barriers to trade by approximating design and construction standards for recreational craft throughout the Community. The directive does not, however, regulate the safe operation of recreational craft or compliance with other safety standards by users of such craft. Other than this directive, there are no internationally agreed standards for the safe use of all pleasure craft and each country implements its own regulatory framework as required.