ATEX Certification and IECEx Certification of Equipment
IECEx and ATEX equipment certification from SGS – meet legal requirements for products used in explosive atmospheres.
ATEX is a legal prerequisite for selling within the European Economic Area, but IECEx gives maximum international acceptance and, if feasible, most customers elect to have certificates for both schemes issued at the same time.
We have long been recognised as being at the forefront of international product certification within the IECEx Equipment Certification Scheme, having issued more certificates in this field than any other certification body in the world. We are also one of the major Notified Bodies in Europe for issuing the documentation required by the European ATEX Directive.
A core principle of our operations is to encourage direct dialogue between our engineers and our customers’ engineers, avoiding the potential difficulties and misunderstandings that can occur when working through non-technical sales staff. Before a certification project is established, you are welcome to make use of our technical advice service to help you start the process of bringing your project to a successful conclusion.
There are two parts to product certification:
- Type Examination is the process of assessing, testing and defining the prototype or representative sample
- Production QA, or Product Verification, are alternative ways of confirming that future production is identical to the ‘type’ that was assessed
ATEX treats the two aspects separately and the manufacturer issues the ‘Declaration of Conformity’ that brings both parts together. IECEx requires that the certification body is responsible for ensuring all production supervision is in place and monitored in order for the on-line IECEx Certificate to be issued and remain ‘current’. The status of all IECEx certificates may be monitored from the on-line certificate database.
In this respect, IECEx may be regarded as a full Type 5 Product Certification System, whereas ATEX is a hybrid, encompassing the possibility, for some types of equipment, of a manufacturer issuing all documents directly, without involving a Notified Body.
Contact us for more information about our product certification and explosive atmospheres services.
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Guide To Services (72 KB)
General Information and Guide to Services
This document gives a brief overview of the services offered by SGS and provides an introduction to the way that we interface with our customers.
Type Examination Services Guide (75 KB)
Guide to Type Examination Services
This document provides an overview of the Type Examination Services offered by SGS in relation to both ATEX and IECEx.
Verification Services Guide (60 KB)
Guide To Verification Services
This document gives an overview of the verification services provided by SGS Baseefa Ltd.
Technical File Storage Guide (89 KB)
Guide To Technical File Storage
This guide sets out to explain the nature of Technical Files for the ATEX Directive, together with the basic details of how SGS Baseefa Ltd handles Technical Files in accordance with Annex VIII of the Directive.
Trade Agent Services (63 KB)
Guide To Trade Agent Services In Both ATEX and IECEx Systems
This guide sets out the basic details applicable to the issue of "Trade Agents" certificates offered by SGS Baseefa Ltd.
Quality Assurance Services Guide (59 KB)
Guide to Services Concerning Quality Assurance Assessment
This guide sets out the basic details applicable to the Quality Assurance Services offered by SGS.
Quality Assurance Application Form (82 KB)
ATEX/IECEx Quality Assurance Application Form
Application form for ATEX quality assurance notification and/or IECEx quality assurance report.
QAN and QAR Guide (88 KB)
A Guide to QAN and QAR
In this document we bring together information on a number of issues where our customers have sought clarification.
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