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ATEX Certification – ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

Safety engineering in potentially explosive atmospheres

Webinar on September 9th: UKEX Consideration and Implementation

Get Your Products to European Markets Faster with ATEX Certification

The ATEX Directive for all explosion-proof equipment and systems includes anything used within, or in conjunction with potentially explosive atmospheres such as safety, control and regulation devices, and protective components, equipment, and systems.

The term ‘ATEX’ comes from the French name for the 2003 directive: les appareils et les systèmes de protection destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosibles (explosive atmospheres). It covers both machinery or equipment that is destined to be used in these environments, and rules for managing the general environment in such workplaces.

Compliance and Safety Requirements

If you manufacture or sell equipment and systems of this nature, TÜV SÜD can ensure you conform to the relevant ATEX Directives and entitle you to feature the CE mark.

Equipment, components and protective systems in a potentially explosive environment can only be placed on the market if essential health and safety requirements according to the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU have been met, and the required conformity assessment procedures for your category of equipment have been successfully completed.

The following products are affected by the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU:

  • Equipment: Machinery, electrical equipment, fixtures, control equipment, and parts
  • Protection Systems: Explosion suppression systems and relief systems and others
  • Components: Components required for the safe operation of equipment and protective systems

Depending on your requirements, we work with you to:

  • Define ATEX zones in the workplace
  • Complete an explosion protection document (EPD)
  • Produce certification of equipment and assemblies
  • Conduct ignition source analysis (including electrostatics)
  • Determine safety data - for both operating companies and manufacturing companies

Our sub-services include:

  • Explosion protection concepts and EPD
  • Definition of zoning (ATEX, NFPA)
  • Ignition source analysis
  • Certification of equipment
  • Determination of safety data
  • Design of venting systems
  • Assessment of old equipment - assessment of equipment placed on the market before July 2003

Benefits to Your Business

  • Protection - Conducting ATEX 2014/34/EU assessments means your product or working environment is much less likely to undergo an explosion.
  • Safety - A clear benefit of ATEX 2014/34/EU certification is that you minimize the risk to life or property caused by explosions.
  • ATEX Certification – TÜV SÜD Industrial Technical Inspections Services can assist customers with the certification of equipment, components, protective systems and entire processing plants for all equipment groups and categories
  • Classification - TÜV SÜD experts can assist manufacturers in the process of classifying their products to equipment type, category and other classification requirements found within the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU Directive and other relevant standards such as IECEx Certification Scheme.
  • Validation - As a Notified Body, TÜV SÜD and its partners can validate your product’s design and issue the required Type Approval to Annex III or a single approval to Annex IX of the Directive.

Let us help you with ATEX 2014/34/EU Certification today


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