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  • Brexit and the hazardous area market

    15 July 2016

    In these days it is almost impossible to write a column in an international magazine published in London without a reflection about Brexit. For me as a German European with a wife from a Baltic country and with two adult daughters, one of them living and working in London, this event has a special relevance for our private lives. But also our business lives will be affected by the vote of the British people to leave the EU....

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  • Down to the wire on directive changes

    01 July 2016

    The transition between the old ATEX Directive 94/9/EC and the new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU did not go as expected.  All the UK bodies involved in ATEX had understood that notification to the new directive would occur in time to issue certificates to the new directive on its first day of applicability: April 20....

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  • IECEx: Ensuring global quality control and consistency

    16 June 2016

    The heart of the IECEx system is the certified equipment scheme. With more than 22,000 Certificates of Conformity (CoC) and almost the same number of Ex Test Reports (ExTR), the IECEx certified equipment scheme together with the European ATEX directive are the two dominant certification schemes for explosion protected equipment in the world. ...

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  • When the world converged on Windsor: the IEC TC31 CAG meetings

    11 May 2016

    Over two weeks in March, many of the maintenance teams and working groups of the IEC TC 31 committee met at the BSI offices in Chiswick, West London, and the FM Global offices in Windsor, culminating in the Chairman’s Advisory Group (CAG) on the final two days....

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  • IECEx: a view from the chair (11)

    21 March 2016

    On a visit to Japan, IECEx chairman Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold considers the impressive performance of the country's bullet trains and compares them to the IECEx system which he thinks has similar strengths, most notably the focus on staff competence. ...

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New standards for Non-Electrical Equipment 22 February 2016

SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE, chairman of BSI Committee EXL/31, Cenelec TC31 and the IECEx Service Facility Certification Committee, looks at the work of International Standards Committee SC31M which is relevant to manufacturers of non-electrical equipment and which will affect both ATEX and IECEx certification. ...

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IECEx: a view from the chair (10) 03 February 2016

IECEx chairman Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold says one of the unique benefits of the IECEx system is the worldwide 24/7 availability of IECEx Certificates of Conformity.  Here, he explains how the system works....

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The ‘Product’ of change 06 January 2016

SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE, chairman of BSI Committee EXL/31, Cenelec TC31 and the IECEx Service Facility Certification Committee, adds to his previous comments about the likely effect on manufacturers when 2014/34/EU is introduced....

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IECEx: a view from the chair (9) 01 December 2015

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, the chairman of IECEx, gives his insight on developments within the organisation and the wider world of explosion protection. This month, he discusses the 2015 IECEx Management Committee Meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand....

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Directives decision at last! 15 October 2015

SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE is chairman of BSI Committee EXL/31, responsible for the UK input to both European and International standards for Electrical Equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, as well as the Cenelec TC31 committee. Here he looks at the likely effect on manufacturers of the new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.  ...

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