Harmonised international EX testing programme
07 September 2011
TRaC and MET, two leading bodies in the field of certification of products for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX, IECEx and Hazloc certification) are to offer a harmonised international EX testing programme. UK-based TRaC, and MET Laboratories in North America, have signed a bilateral MoU that forms a testing and certification partnership for EX equipment.
TRaC and MET, two leading bodies in the field of certification of products for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX, IECEx and Hazloc certification) are to offer a harmonised international EX testing programme
The partnership builds on both companies’ strengths to create a new global EX testing, inspection and certification service for ATEX and Hazloc (hazardous location) equipment.
Manufacturers will benefit from local, in-country testing and inspection with the certainty of a managed fast track certification programme from a single trusted source operating in the EU and North America.
Under the new partnership, TRaC and MET Laboratories will provide a combined certification route to EU, North American and International markets for equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres and hazardous locations. The two companies will harmonise test processes, engineering skill sets, and administration to ensure a consistent approach to securing all recognised approvals for potentially explosive atmosphere and hazardous locations.
Additionally, TRaC and MET Laboratories will utilise their global network of offices to provide local support for clients’ design and manufacturing facilities.
TRaC and MET Laboratories already have a long-standing relationship in the fields of testing and factory inspection, and this new strategic partnership involves greater technical collaboration between the two organisations to ensure harmonisation of best-practice procedures in testing, factory inspection and certification, in addition to developing efficient delivery of overseas certification services.
The agreement will also see the adoption of a common set of operating, test and factory inspection procedures, in addition to bringing together the wealth of expertise of staff on both sides of the Atlantic.
Simon Barrowcliff, Director of EX services for TRaC, said: “This is a hugely exciting development for both organisations. We have enjoyed a strong relationship for more than 15 years. This new technical relationship means we will not only continue to bring great service to our clients but also add a truly international perspective to certification of equipment for potentially explosive environments and hazardous locations.”
Rick Cooper, Director of Safety for MET Laboratories, added: “I'm delighted that we're entering a new stage in our relationship with TRaC to provide this innovative testing, inspection and certification programme for manufacturers of hazardous location equipment. Our clients understand that this is a complex technical area and can see the huge benefits from this closer technical co-operation.”
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