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Press release | 1. April 2016

New ATEX - directive 2014/34/EU

The explosion prevention is harmonized in the ATEX guidelines of the European Union to avoid explosion hazard. The guideline covers the ATEX directive 94/9/EC (ATEX 95) (manufacturer directive) and the ATEX directive 1999/92/EC (ATEX 137) (operator directive).

On February 26th , 2014  the ATEX directive 94/9/EC (ATEX 95) (manufacturer directive) was adapted to the new directive 2014/34/EU to support the harmonization of the laws of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) by decision of the European Union and was published in late March 2014 at the Official Journal of the European Union.

As of April 20th, 2016 only devices which comply with the new directive 2014/34/EU may be brought to market.

The directive covers equipment, components and protection systems for the intended use in hazardous areas and defines binding requirements for product qualities, installation and maintenance in reference of making products available on the market. It also harmonises the health and safety requirements (GSGA) which have to be met and documented by the manufacturer through appropriate conformity assessment procedures. This entails that the manufacturer has to ensure that his products are developed and manufactured with respect to risks of explosion to prevent own potential sources of ignition
even under consideration of possible malfunction.

Through timely commitment EPHY-MESS ensures that at the effective date of the transition all sensors are in conformity with Directive 2014/34/EU and the EU Declaration of Conformity and can be offered to our customers.