Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX)

Introduction to ATEX Products in the EU Market

ATEX products are equipment and systems which are intended to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres. You will find these products anywhere from factories to various petrochemical operations.

EU ATEX Legislation

Until the publication of the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU on February 26, 2014 and the subsequent 2 year transition period, the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC was the reigning legal framework for ATEX products.

From April 20, 2016, the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU became fully applicable in the EU as the main legal framework for ATEX products.


Key Facts:

  • Any product placed and made available on the EU Market must comply with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU
  • Non-EU manufacturers wishing to make their products available to EU citizens should appoint a European Authorized Representative
  • Manufacturer is defined as:
any natural or legal person who manufactures a product or has a product designed or manufactured, and markets that product under his name or trade mark or uses it for his own purposes
  • Products which fail to comply may be subject to public notification (RAPEX), withdrawal requirements, warehousing fees, fines or total destruction of the products.

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