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Recent developments in the work and standards of IEC Committee TC 31 Equipment for explosive atmospheres - to be presented at HazardEx 2012

Author : Jim Munro – Consultant & Chair of IEC TC31

20 December 2011

This paper will address the following key learning points regarding major aspects of the work of TC 31 and its standards:

· The development and publishing of an ISO/IEC quality systems for electrical and non-electrical equipment, including its adoption in Europe and IECEx.

· Three major ISO standards under development for non-electrical Ex equipment. Their potential impact on international standardization.

· The inclusion of IEC TC 31 standards in the recently approved UNECE booklet “Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere”. This provides a road map for those countries and their regulators currently seeking to implement best practice in Ex.

· The use of TC31 standards in the IECEx System, including the adoption of TC 31 standards by member countries.

· Developments in highlighting changes made in TC 31 Ex standards when new editions are issued.


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