Explosion ProtectionElectrical and mechanical equipment and components intended to be used in potentially explosive environments within the EU must fulfill the requirements of the ATEX Directive. The IECEx Scheme is a voluntary certification system that facilitates global trade of explosion-protected electrical equipment.
RISE (before SP) is a Notified Body according to the ATEX Directive and a Certification Body according to the IECEx Scheme, with a wide range of services. RISE offers certification of Ex equipment for use in hazardous areas with risk of explosion caused by flammable gas, vapour, mist or dust.
In brief – the new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU
From 20 April 2016 all Ex products must fulfill the requirements of the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU. Certificates according to the old ATEX Directive 94/9/EC cannot be issued by SP or other notified bodies after 19 April 2016. Among other things, the new directive clarifies the requirements placed on importers, distributors and notified bodies. There is more information at the bottom of this page.
We can help you with:
- Certification and type examination according to the ATEX Directive for the European market
- Certification according to IECEx for the global market
- Information, training and courses on the regulations
- Information about the requirements of the standards on risk assessment for mechanical equipment
See the links to related information on the right.
- There is information on the ATEX Directive (ATEX Guidelines etc.) on the EU Commission's website.
- The Swedish ATEX regulations for electrical equipment (ELSÄK-FS 2016:4) can be found on the website of Elsäkerhetsverket (Swedish National Electrical Safety Board) and regulations for other equipment (AFS 2016:2) on the website of Arbetsmiljöverket (Swedish Work Environment Authority).
- Regulations on the classification of hazardous areas with explosive gas atmospheres can be found on the website of Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency).
- Information about standards is available on SIS' website.
Further information – the new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU
From 20 April 2016, products must fulfill the requirements of the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, which replaces the current ATEX Directive 94/9/EC. The new directive was published in March 2014.
When the new directive came into force on 20 April 2016, products that meet the essential health and safety requirements of the old directive 94/9/EC (Annex II) will be deemed to meet the equivalent demands of the new directive, and can continue to be sold after 19 April 2016 according to information from the relevant authorities. This means that certificates issued before 20 April under the old directive 94/9/EC will still be valid after 19 April providing that the essential health and safety requirements are fulfilled. As before, products that meet the requirements of the harmonised standards for the directive are deemed to meet the essential health and safety requirements of the directive.
After 19 April 2016, manufacturers shall, in their declaration of conformity, guarantee conformity with the new directive 2014/34/EU instead of directive 94/9/EC. This also applies to products which have been released onto the market before 20 April (and which met the requirements of directive 94/9/EC at that point). According to the new directive, the manufacturer's declaration of conformity must be entitled “EU Declaration of Conformity” (instead of “EC Declaration of Conformity”).
After 19 April 2016, certificates and supplements to certificates according to the old ATEX Directive 94/9/EC can no longer be issued by RISE or other notified bodies. Certificates and supplements must then be issued according to the new directive 2014/34/EU. It is possible to issue supplements according to the new directive 2014/34/EU to certificates issued before 20 April according to the old directive 94/9/EC.
Among other changes, the new directive 2014/34/EU includes clarified and additional requirements on importers, distributors and notified bodies. The requirements relating to market surveillance have been clarified and designations for conformity procedures and certificates have been to some extent changed.
For more information see the directive and guidelines (e.g. “Guidance Document...”) on the Commission's website.
The authorities responsible for implementation of the ATEX Directive in Sweden are:
- Elsäkerhetsverket (Swedish National Electrical Safety Board) for electrical products
- Arbetsmiljöverket (Swedish Work Environment Authority) for other products