“ATEX” DIRECTIVE 2014/34/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of February 26, 2014 on the harmonization of the laws of the member states relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (recast).
Directive 94/9/EC will be repealed on April 20th, 2016. It remains fully applicable until this date. From April 20th, 2016, all applicable products placed on the market must be in compliance with Directive 2014/34/EU.
It will not be necessary to make design or physical changes to fans that already comply with Directive 94/9/EC, but EU Declarations of Conformity according to Directive 2014/34/EU must be issued instead of EC Declarations of Conformity from April 20. References to Directive 2014/34/EU must replace references to Directive 94/9/EC in published material and other relevant documentation issued for ATEX compliant fans after April 19, 2016.
For a smooth implementation of the new directive, it is recommended that you
assess the impact of the changes to be made to the documentation (e.g., Declarations of Conformity, marking, drawings, quality documentation, sales literature, website, etc.) as soon as possible. You will not have to make any changes to fans that already comply, but you should review the documentation and information labeling. ATEX codes will not change, but requirements for traceability are being tightened.
The main changes to consider are
* The EC declaration of conformity becomes an EU declaration of conformity.
* Any EC-type examination certificates become EU-type examination certificates.
* Importers (as well as manufacturers) are required to put their names and addresses
on the products.
* Manufacturer’s, importer’s and distributor’s responsibilities, with regard to placing
the products on the market (in particular requirements for traceability and market
surveillance) are more precisely defined and reinforced.
The following does not change:
* The CE marking (it concerns the European Conformity).
* The scope of the directive and its essential health and safety requirements.
* The conformity assessment procedures.
* The classification of groups and categories of equipment and the “ATEX” marking.
NB: You should not issue new declarations that refer to 2014/34/EU before April 20 or issue any declarations that refer to 94/9/EC after that date. There is no transition period.
(Note: any certificates that have been issued by suppliers according to the 94/9/EC ATEX directive will remain valid until changes are made affecting the product. In the case of modification, a new certificate with a new number under Directive 2014/34/EU must be issued.)
If you require further information; the European Commission has issued a FAQ guidance document in regard to the transition and changes. It can be downloaded here
The European Commission have a special section on ATEX with a great deal of useful
information on their EUROPA server which can be found here.