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The Equipment and Protective systems intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) Directive 94/9/EC of 23 March 1994, provides the essential health and safety requirements – leaving to standards developed by European standardization organizations their technical expression - and the relevant conformity assessment procedures before placing such equipment on the European market.
Directive 94/9/EC is also a total harmonization directive, since its provisions replace existing divergent national and European legislation which cover the same subjects as stipulated by Directive 94/9/EC. In this context, with effect from 1 July 2003 this Directive repealed: Council Directive 76/177/EEC (electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres); Council Directive 79/196/EEC (electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres employing certain types of protection); Council Directive 82/130/EEC (electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres in mines susceptible to firedamp).
Last updated Jun 11, 2012
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