Since 01.07.2003 compliance with ATEX Directive 95 (since 20.04.2016 new Directive 2014/34/EU shall come into effect), is mandatory in the territory of all member states of the European Union.
This Directive applies to equipment and protective systems, which are intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Potentially explosive atmospheres are meant by concentration of gas, vapor or dust in the air. The possibility of potential ignition sources of electrical and mechanical sources is also considered.
Any equipment and systems, which goes under Directive ATEX, are automatically subject to the mandatory certification process and afterwards manufacturer will have a right to put CE mark on products. Certification in compliance with Directive ATEX is one of the most complicated procedures in the European Union.
The manufacturer or its authorized representative in the European Community (in case if a manufacturer is located in other country) must keep technical documentation, including copies of tests protocols, certificates and appendixes for at least 10 years after stop of production of certified explosion-proof equipment or a protective system.
Following documents are needed for expert’s conclusion on obtaining an ATEX certificate:
- Description of proper use of product, its functionality, operational manual
- Specification with all requirements for products
- Functional block diagram
- Scheme of elements and parts
- List of all components related to security, the precise indication of a type and article number. It has to be done in a table form, with indication of manufacturer of each component
- The data tables and, if necessary, the declaration of compliance for this product
- Image (photo) of the product and the main components (parts) in various projections
- If it is supposed to export products to countries outside the EU, these countries must be specified
Validity period of ATEX certificate depends on type of products.
All documentation must be provided in one of the languages of the EU.