About ATEX

ATEX Certification (Explosive Atmospheres)
Certification of facilities and workplaces with potentially explosive atmospheres as required by the ATEX Directive (2014/34/EU)

Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres must comply with a range of regulations, standards and directives before they can be operated. As a manufacturer, you are responsible for obtaining the certification required in the country your equipment will be used in.

The European Union (EU) Directive 2014/34/EU, commonly called “ATEX”, covers electrical and non-electrical equipment that is used in potentially explosive atmospheres. It relates to all equipment, protective systems, safety devices, controlling devices, regulating devices, and components –defined as any item that is essential to ensuring that equipment functions safely.

Compliance with the ATEX directive is mandatory. Manufacturers are responsible for meeting the general requirements of Annex II by applying all relevant standards based on the design and “protection methods”of the product. Proof of the compliance with this directive is the Ex-mark.

The needs of their customers play a large role for importers and traders of equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. In addition, there are special laws, directives and regulations for this sector both inside and outside Europe – and also national certification procedures – which have to be observed.

Conformity assessment procedure in accordance with Directive 2014/34/EU, only equipment and protective systems that fulfill the requirements of 2014/34/EU (“ATEX” Directive) may be placed on the market in the EU. This directive, which has been transposed by the member states into their national law, applies to

  • Equipment
  • Protective system
  • Components and
  • Safety, controlling and regulatory devices required for the safe functioning of equipment and protective
  • Systems

Design phase

During the design phase we can provide:

  • Identification of all applicable directives and standards.
  • Support in deciding on a conformity route.
  • Training and exchange of knowledge with our experts.
  • Design verification, including explosion risk-related analysis, assistance in
  • defining equipment groups and categories, verifying stress calculations,
  • Working drawings, equipment specifications and design codes.
  • Type approval and certification.

Manufacturing phase

  • During the manufacturing phase, we can provide:
  • Testing of products, pre-products, components and assemblies.
  • Materials testing and production process testing.
  • Procedure qualifications, including parameter identification,
  • Feasibility and usability.
  • Consulting in welding and materials technology.

Your benefits at a glance

With our comprehensive solutions for explosion protection you can:

  • Ensure product safety and compliance with occupational health and safety requirements worldwide.
  • Reach full compliance and certification prior to product placement.
  • Gain competitive advantage and greater market access with certification marks from an international Notified Body.
  • Tools used for Easy Access of database, reducing waiting time for documents to be transferred between agencies through conventional methods.
  • Significantly reduce approval time and cost by using harmonized standards and common test protocols.
  • Reduce risk of company liability with documented safety standards.
  • Benefit from our exclusive one-stop-shop service, covering a wide range of international certification from a single source.
  • Count on ATEX experts to ensure compliance with the European directive and national regulations Our solution
  • QVC offers an ATEX certification service for any type of business and industrial sector: agriculture, food, chemical, petrochemical, industrial, warehousing, manufacturing, battery charging stations, among others.