CSA Group’s highly skilled technical staff will provide you with expert testing & certification services for your equipment used in hazardous locations in Europe as required by the ATEX directive. We can test & certify your equipment for hazardous locations to European standards as a Notified Body under the ATEX directive.
About the ATEX directive
If you manufacture electrical equipment used in hazardous locations and intend to market your products in the European Union, your equipment must comply with the ATEX directive. Also known as European Directive 2014/34/EU, the ATEX directive ensures the free movement of goods throughout the European Union by harmonizing compliance procedures.
The ATEX requirements
The ATEX directive requires the following major elements to be met in order to apply the ATEX marking:
- The CE mark – The CE mark is a self-declaration marking indicating that your equipment conforms to applicable technical provisions and ATEX requirements and other directives.
- Essential health and safety requirements – Annex II of the ATEX directive, requires that you establish principles of integrated explosion safety from all electrical and non-electrical ignition sources. You can demonstrate compliance to these requirements by following the harmonized European standard series EN 60079.
- EC Type Examination Certificate – For Category 1 (electrical and mechanical) and Category 2 (electrical) equipment, a Notified Body will need to verify that your equipment has met the relevant applicable provisions of the ATEX directive in order to receive an EC Type Examination Certificate. For Category 3 equipment, an EC Type Examination Certificate is not required, however, manufacturers must ensure that your products comply with ATEX by following the appropriate conformity route.
- Quality Assessment – The facility(s) producing your equipment must undergo a Quality Assessment of EN ISO/IEC 80079-34 which will result in a Notified Body issuing you a Quality Assurance Notification (QAN).
Secure your approvals with CSA Group/Sira Certification
Sira, a CSA Group company, is a leading Notified Body for ATEX certification and will provide a streamlined process to obtain the approvals you need. Sira provides IEC 61508 functional safety compliance services and a suite of ATEX training services to help you understand the European regulatory requirements for products used in hazardous locations.