Equipment and protective systems intended for use in explosive atmospheres must comply with several regulations, standards and directives before they can be traded worldwide. Our explosion proof certification services provide you with third-party conformity assessments and access to various certification schemes, including ATEX, TR CU (EAC), USTC (US and Canada), MSHA and IECEx, in order to trade globally.
We offer full support and worldwide specialist expertise in the following fields for equipment in explosive atmospheres:
- Design verification
- Inspections and audits
- Testing of equipment and components
- Risk assessment
With our multiple national and international accreditations we can help you obtain approvals for more than one country.
Russia and Eurasian Customs Union
In Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan explosion protected equipment must comply with TR CU ex-proof standards. These standards are harmonized with IEC standards and are directly equivalent to the related European standards.
The Eurasian Customs Union legislation (TR CU 012/2011) has many requirements directly borrowed from the European ATEX Directive. In cases where equipment is certified according to ATEX or IECEx standards, the verification process to obtain the TR CU Ex-Proof Certificate of Conformity can be limited to document review with no additional laboratory testing.
Access to the market in North America is subject to appropriate approvals in accordance with relevant equipment safety requirements. IECEx may be accepted as a basis for equipment intended to be installed in Zoned Areas (NEC 505) which is in accordance with the international system, but is not fully compatible with the unique North American Division System (NEC 500).
In the European Union, equipment must be certified according to the ATEX Directive, 2014/34 EU. This applies to new equipment, components, safety devices, controlling devices and regulating devices. It also applies to used equipment which is being imported for the first time into Europe.
There are several procedures for conformity assessment. In particular, in Europe the ATEX Product Directive recognizes different procedures according to the severity of the risk involved (according to the Category of the Equipment). The unique European identification symbol for ATEX Equipment (a stylized Ex within a hexagon) is used both for certified and uncertified equipment.
Our unrivaled experience, expertise and resources make us the first choice for clients looking to achieve explosion proof certification across the globe.
Contact your local SGS office to find out more about our explosion proof certification services.