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  • Brussels in February

    22 February 2019

    As I am writing this, I am just back from the European ATEX Notified Body meeting in Brussels, held, as usual, in the first week in February.  For the UK Notified Bodies present, there was still the question “Would this be our last meeting, or would there be a sensible Brexit deal?”  All the UK bodies have produced their own “Plan B” in case of “No Deal”, so that they can continue to service their customers, but the lack of certainty does not help.

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  • Brexit and the future

    20 February 2019

    At the moment, manufacturers and their clients in the European Union (still including the UK) are very confused about the future validity of ATEX certificates issued by UK Notified Bodies. Despite the fact that all big UK Notified Bodies are in very close communication with their European customers and are trying hard to provide acceptable solutions, there is still uncertainty and nobody knows what problems will have to be faced in the coming months and years....

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  • Some thoughts on IEC 60079-28 (prevention of ignition from optical radiation)

    14 January 2019

    After the September IECEx meetings in France, October saw us arrive in Busan, South Korea, for the General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Technical Committee TC31 is one of the bigger IEC committees and we held meetings on 11 days over the two week period.  ...

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  • IECEx Certification Program of service facilities gets up to speed

    15 December 2018

    Compared with the success of the IECEx Certified Equipment Program and the Personal Competency Certification program, the IECEx Service Facility Certification (SFC) has seen modest development over the last few years. That situation is now changing! ...

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  • On the French Riviera

    25 October 2018

    IECEx met at Mandelieu, just outside Cannes, in September, for the annual meetings of ExTAG and ExMC.  I will restrict my notes to the ExTAG meeting, where the various Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories in the system get together to agree technical policy....

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The Proficiency Test Program for ExTLs - a key trust-builder within the IECEx system 28 September 2018

One of the most frequently asked question at IECEx conferences and similar events is for the difference between ATEX and IECEx. No worries – I don`t want to give a lecture about this topic now. It is not so obviously but there are many differences. For interested readers I can recommend the IECEx 01A – Guide: “An Informative Guide comparing various elements of both IECEx and ATEX” which can be downloaded from the IECEx website under Publications....

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Ex Assemblies 23 August 2018

For ATEX, we have had guidance on how to handle documentation for assemblies for many years.  The latest incarnation of that guidance can be found in the “ATEX 2014/34/EU” Guidelines document at section 44.  This confirms that assemblies “placed on the market as a combined unit” are to be treated as if each assembly is a new equipment.  ...

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Electrical and non-electrical equipment 02 August 2018

Last week I attended an international conference in Barcelona. The event was about safety solutions and, among other topics, it also dealt with hazardous areas. For me, as the IECEx Chair, there were many interesting conversations with end users, solution providers and certification bodies. It was very positive to see that the international acceptance and reputation of our system is continuously growing. ...

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EN vs IEC – A conflict in the making? 10 July 2018

Being active in both the European and the International standards making forums, I have recently started to wonder if there is a conflict created by “going global”.  I have always been a supporter of the “One World – One Standard” philosophy; as an aid to trade and world prosperity, and as means of making safe equipment and safe practices universally accessible....

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Spring in Split, summer in Jakarta 06 June 2018

After a long hard winter, Europeans are welcoming the spring and a perfect location to be at this time is definitely Croatia! The organisers of the 2018 spring meeting of IEC Committee TC31 came to the same conclusion and our colleagues from that country have been so kind to organise a two week series of meetings for the different Maintenance Teams, Working Groups and Sub Committees in the beautiful city of Split. ...

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