An IECEx certificate lasts for the lifetime of a product and, unlike some other conformity assessment schemes, there is no validity or expiry date on a certificate that incurs a re-certification.
Also, unlike other schemes, there is no requirement to keep the certificate up to date with any later editions of the IEC 60079 series of standards that may be introduced. The only requirement to update an IECEx Certificate of Conformity will occur when a manufacturer wishes to make changes to the certified design, if the market demands it or, in the unlikely event, the IECEx mandates it due to a particular risk.
Changes to the Design of Certified Products
As a manufacturer of equipment, you are always seeking ways to further develop your certified product range to meet wider client demands. As such, any new design developments may require the product to be re-assessed to ensure the IECEx certificate is still valid and includes any modifications.
This is called a variation to an IECEx certificate, whereby the certificate is required to be re-issued if a manufacturer changes any parts, ratings or drawings that were assessed and approved as part of the original certification. At this time there is no requirement to upgrade to the latest edition of the applicable standards as part of the variation.
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