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After several years of preparatory work, the European Commission has now issued the new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU – however, there are still open questions. In this article, our Product Manager Reiner Schrod gives his assessment of the new ATEX Directive:
The new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU was published in April this year. It results in little change for manufacturers of explosion proof equipment, since
- The essential safety and health requirements for explosion proof equipment remain unchanged
- The conformity assessment procedures also remain unchanged
- All harmonized EN600xx standards continue to be valid under the new directive.
What does 'making available on the market' mean?
Nevertheless, there still have been some changes. The new ATEX Directive places obligations on further economic operators, i.e. importers and distributors.
The term 'making available on the market' is explained in detail, stating that it involves more than just 'manufacturing' or 'placing on the market'. Besides manufacturers, the new definition refers to importers and distributors and also - which is essential - to those who, as operators, manufacture their own explosion proof equipment from components, assemblies or other self-manufactured or purchased component parts for their companies.
What is really new is that the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU has expanded the group of operators (distributors, importers, manufacturers of their own products) in the corresponding field of application.
From EC to EU: Unchanged declaration of conformity
The fact that the EC declaration of conformity will be referred to as EU declaration of conformity and the EC type examination as EU type examination in future merely reflects an adaptation of European terminology in the context of the extensive NLF* project.
The guidelines for manufacturers of explosion proof products will remain applicable without major changes after April 20, 2016, since all certificates issued under the old ATEX Directive 94/9/EC continue to be valid.
* New legislative framework for marketing of products
HBM is always able to offer you the right certified ATEX load cell for working environments containing gas or dust. Furthermore, with our matched accessories you can configure a complete measurement chain for potentially explosive atmospheres according to the ATEX 95 norm.