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CE certification according to the ATEX directive

CE Certification ATEX

The new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, which stipulates the requirements for countries in the European Economic Area, was published in 2016. The directive defines product safety for products used in an explosive atmosphere.

The directive applies to all products that are used in an environment with a potentially explosive atmosphere. This includes both electrical and mechanical products.

The directive also applies to devices and protective systems for prevention of the spread of an explosion. Devices and protective systems outside the hazardous area that contribute to safety inside the hazardous area, also known as ‘associated product’, also fall under the directive.

According to the directive, an explosive atmosphere means:

a mixture with air, under atmospheric conditions, of flammable substances in the form of gases, vapors, mists or dusts in which, after ignition has occurred, combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture.”

Atmospheric conditions are:

“An ambient temperature of -20 °C to 80 °C and pressure of 0.8 bar to 1.1 bar, suitable as a basis for the design and intended use of products.”

The manufacturer’s obligations

The manufacturer must ensure that the attestation of conformity that accompanies the product complies with the directive. The manufacturer will not be awarded the CE-marking for the product without this declaration.

Various procedures have been established to assess conformity with the ATEX directive. These procedures vary depending on the type and product group of the product. They are set out in the ATEX directive, but you can also contact us with regard to the procedures for your product.

The manufacturer must also ensure that the technical documentation contains sufficient information to confirm whether the product meets the essential requirements. The technical documentation must identify the requirements for the product. In addition, the design, manufacture, safety aspects and operation of the product must be indicated.

Commencement

Parties were required to ensure that product complied with the new ATEX directive no later than 20 April 2016.

You can find more information about the product groups and technical documentation pertaining to the ATEX directive in the library.

Or contact one of our experts now to submit your product and get advice.

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