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ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

Equipment, protective systems and components intended for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere (ATEX), must comply with the product requirements of the ATEX Directive in Europe. The product requirements are defined by so-called essential requirements. Manufacturers and other economic operators who are planning to place such equipment, protective systems or components on the market and /or put these into use within Europe must meet these requirements. Only after all applicable product requirements of the ATEX Directive and any other relevant CE product requirements have been met, can the CE marking and ATEX marking (Ex) be affixed to the product and can the product be freely placed on the market and/or put into service within the European Union.

A number of products are excluded from the scope of the ATEX Directive. These include, among others, medical devices, equipment intended for use in a domestic or non-commercial environment where potentially explosive atmospheres may be created due to gas leaks; seagoing vessels, and military equipment. These products do not have to meet the requirements of the ATEX Directive.

ATEX and explosion protection - Our Expertise

Certification Company has a team of ATEX specialists who will fully manage the entire CE/Ex certification procedure of your products on your behalf. Our specialists are TÜV certified, accredited safety experts and are capable of performing a complete conformity assessment in accordance with the ATEX Directive and other relevant CE product regulations. You can rest assured that your product will be assessed professionally and impartially in order to be placed or put into service legally approved on the market.

How can we help you?

  • Carry out full CE ATEX/Ex conformity assessment procedures;
  • Classification of your equipment to determine whether it falls within the scope of the ATEX Directive;
  • Carry out a normalized ignition source risk analysis;
  • Accurate classification of the ATEX zones;
  • Perform tests, measurements and inspections (also on-site);
  • Verification of or draw up Instruction Manuals;
  • File management of Technical Documentation;
  • Draw up EU Declaration of Conformity;
  • Provide instructions on accurately affixing the CE and Ex marking.

Six steps to CE/Ex certification of ATEX equipment

01Product classification

Determine whether the product falls within the scope of the ATEX Directive and/or other CE legislation.

02Risk assessment

An analysis to determine the applicable sources of ignition and risks in order to identify the relevant and essential safety- and health requirements in regard to the specific equipment.

03Conformity assessment procedure

Determine appropriate ATEX category based on ATEX zoning, and assessment of requirements determined in step 2 in accordance with harmonised European standards.

04Technical Documentation

Compile or verify the Technical Documentation, containing relevant descriptions, instruction manual and the results of the risk assessments.

05EU Declaration of Conformity

Verify certificates and draw up the EU Declaration of Conformity confirming that the equipment complies with the relevant CE product requirements.

06CE marking

Instructions on accurately
affixing the CE marking.

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