Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) usage in CEPT

This table gives an overview of the PLB usage 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 PLB, users are advised to directly contact relevant authorities within CEPT administrations.



Where License
Certificate required The acceptance of a foreign license holder Coding Protocol Database National
Further information


Yes All Yes Yes Yes

Austria Yes No info Yes No No
National bmvit Austria
Belgium Yes All No No Yes NA IBRD BIPT
Croatia Yes Not specified Yes No Yes SUP/SLP MInistry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Hakom Croatia
Czech Republic Possession/
No usage
NA NA NA Possession/
No usage
NA NA CTU Czech Republic
Denmark Possession/
No usage
NA NA NA Possession/
No usage
NA NA Erhvervsstyrelsen Denmark
Estonia Yes All No

Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority Estonia
Finland Yes All  Yes No Yes SUP/NLP National FICORA Finland
France Yes Maritime Only in case  MMSI No

National ANFR France
Georgia Yes All No No Yes

GNCC Georgia
Germany No NA NA NA NA NA NA
Greece Pending Pending NA NA Pending NA NA

Iceland Yes/No Land Yes No Yes Under Review National PTA Iceland
Ireland Yes National No No Yes SLP
National COMREG Ireland
Lithuania Yes All No No Yes SUP/SLP Civil Aviation Administration www.caa.lt
Maritime Safety Administration www.msa.lt
Civil Aviation Administration www.caa.lt
Maritime Safety Administration www.msa.lt

Malta Pending Pending NA NA Yes NA NA
Moldova Yes Maritime Yes Yes



Montenegro Yes ? No Not regulated yet

Ekip Montenegro 
The Netherlands Yes Maritime Yes Yes Yes SUP National Radiocommunications agency The Netherlands
Norway Yes All Yes No Yes SUP/NLP National Norwegian Communications Authority Norway
Poland Yes All Yes No Yes
National Uke
Portugal Yes Maritime Yes Yes Yes MMSI National DGRM Portugal
Romania Yes Land No No Yes
National ANCOM Romania
Slovak Republic Pending Pending Yes No Pending NA NA Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic
Spain Yes See info
No No

Sweden Yes All No No Yes SUP/SLP IBRD Sjofartsverket
Switzerland Yes All

No Self-Registration by user in IBRD

No Yes SLP International Beacon Registration Database (IBRD) COSPAS-SARSAT OFCOM Switzerland
Yes All
Under examination Under examination
Yes SUP/SLP Undersecretary for Maritime Affairs /Main Search & Rescue Coordination Centre   Turkey 
The United Kingdom Yes Maritime Yes Yes Yes SUP/SLP National Ofcom The United Kingdom

Definition of PLB:
Abbreviation PLB comes from the words PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON. The equipment operates in the Cospas-Sarsat system using the same frequencies as EPIRBs onboard ships and ELTs onboard aircraft. PLB is, however, smaller in size and easier to carry. PLB equipment operates in the certain portion of the 406 MHz band, which is monitored by satellites. The majority of PLB equipment also transmit on the aeronautical distress frequency 121,5 MHz for homing purposes. The latest models are fitted with in-built satellite positioning receiver, which means that the PLB transmission already includes accurate position. This enables faster mobilization of search and rescue operations by authorities.

Please note:
  • PLB must be programmed and registered;
  • PLB is neither an EPIRB nor an ELT, because of its characteristics and mechanical structure.

For more information, please see the home page of Cospas-Sarsat

CEPT administrations are welcome to provide updates to Susanne Have, ECO (susanne.have@eco.cept.org).


Updated: 19 April 2017, 11:33