From 20 April 2016, new equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres must comply with ATEX 114 directive 2014/34 / EU.
This new ATEX directive will replace ATEX 95 (94/09/EC) which is used now more than 20 years. On April 20, 2016 the new ATEX 114 directive will become effective and from that moment all new explosion proof equipment in Europe (which is covered by this Directive) should comply with the new directive.
Manufacturers must therefore take into account a number of changes in the certification of their explosion proof products and related documentation (manual, EC declaration, etc.). The changes compared to the current ATEX 95 directive are mainly procedural. The main changes are:
- There will be more product supervision by the relevant authorities under the new ATEX 114 Directive 2014/34 / EU.
- There will be stricter requirements for importers, so in addition to the manufacturer's data also name and address of the importer of the products should be identified on the product. Furthermore importers must verify that the products actually meet all the requirements before they are marketed in the EU.
- All notified bodies must obtain a new accreditation, the old ATEX 95 accreditation does not automatically continues. Also, the requirements of the notified bodies stricter.
- EC declaration of conformity (or popularly CE declaration) renamed EU declaration of conformity.
- An ATEX certificate, or EC-type examination certificate is now called EU-type examination certificate.
- ATEX 95 certificates remain valid, but with modifications or renewals of existing ATEX certificate, the new certificate falls under ATEX 114.
- The essential safety requirements of the new directive will not change in relation to the current directive.
- The standards will not change (except for periodic updates of the standards themselves), so there will be no substantive technical changes to products, appliances, machinery and components are required under the new directive.
A full version of the ATEX 114 Directive 2014/34 / EU can be found here.
For questions about the new ATEX 114 Directive and its implications, please contact MIBEX.