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CE marking ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU (ATEX 114)

ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU (prior: 94/9/EC)

Equipment, protective systems and components that are used in potentially explosive atmosphere should bear the CE marking ATEX. The ATEX Directive applies to the products that:

  • are intended for use in potentially explosive atmosphere;
  • are intended for production, transportation, storage, metering, control, energy conversion and/or raw material processing;
  • can cause the explosion due to their inherent potential sources of ignition.

Is the CE marking mandatory for ATEX equipment?

The CE marking is mandatory for equipment and protective systems that fall under the scope of the ATEX Directive 114 (2014/34/EU). To affix the CE marking on ATEX equipment the conformity with EMC Directive and/or Pressure Equipment Directive can also be required.

ATEX Ex marking

The CE marking shall be followed by the specific marking of explosion protection (Ex), and may be followed by any other mark indicating a special risk or use, as it mentioned in ATEX 114 Directive. By affixing the CE marking on ATEX the manufacturer or importer confirms that the equipment meets essential health and safety requirements of ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU (previously: ATEX Directive 94/9/EC). The equipment bearing the CE marking can be traded freely within European Economic Area (EEA).

Below are the product examples that fall under the scope of the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU and have to bear the CE marking:

  • Machinery, apparatus and electrical components;
  • Controlling devices;
  • Safety and regulating devices;
  • Protective systems;
  • Components which are essential to the safe functioning of equipment and protective systems but with no autonomous function.

ATEX 153 (previously: ATEX 137)

Starting from 1 June 2003 all companies with the potentially explosive atmosphere environment have to meet the requirements of the Directive 1999/9/EC (also known as ATEX 137, now ATEX 153). This Directive is not needed for CE marking ATEX, but is needed for worker protection and obligate employer to issue explosion protection documents.

How can Certification Company help you?

Certification Company performs complete CE marking ATEX based on ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU. In addition to complete CE ATEX Certification, you can also contact us for the following services:

  • Determining appropriate ATEX group and classification;
  • Performing risk assessment in accordance with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU and relevant harmonized standards;
  • Determining the applicable essential safety and health requirements and relevant product standards;
  • Conducting relevant compliance procedure (whether or not with collaboration with Notified Body);
  • Compiling and verifying the Technical Files;
  • Compiling and verifying User Instructions manual
  • Verifying and drafting EC Declarations of Conformity
  • Instruct in affixing the CE marking correctly

Six steps for CE marking ATEX

The ATEX Directive contains the obligations for each of the economic operators (manufacturer, importer or distributer). The CE marking procedure mentioned below is related to manufacturer and its obligations.

  1. Product classification: defining whether the product falls into the scope of ATEX Directive.
  2. Economic operator classification: defining the role of economic operator within the ATEX Directive.
  3. Conformity procedure: can be divided into the following parts:
    • Determine and assess essential safety and health requirements;
    • Perform product testing and/or safety assessment based on European harmonized standards;
    • Draw up the procedures to ensure the conformity of series production;
    • Provide identification element of the product and the economic operator;
    • Provide instructions and safety information;
    • Develop procedures for taking corrective measures.
  4. Technical Files: drawing up the Technical Files (including User Manual) based on that the product conformity can be assessed.
  5. EU Declaration of Conformity: drafting the Declaration of Conformity and declaring that the product complies with the ATEX Directive (and harmonized standards).
  6. CE marking: Affixing the CE marking in accordance with the ATEX Directive.

Products outside the scope of the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

The ATEX Directive 2014/35/EU does not apply to the following product categories:

  • Medical devices intended to use in medical environment (see Medical Devices Directive);
  • Equipment and protective systems where the explosion hazard results exclusively from the presence of explosive substances or unstable chemical substances;
  • Equipment intended to use in domestic and non-commercial environment;
  • Personal protective equipment (see Personal Protective Equipment Regulation);
  • Seagoing vessels and mobile offshore units;
  • Means of transport (except of vehicles intended to use in potentially explosive atmosphere);
  • Military equipment covered by point (b) of Article 346(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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