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DNV Business Assurance gains accreditation for Ex equipment certification in Brazil

26 April 2012

INMETRO, the accreditation organisation in Brazil, has granted DNV Business Assurance accreditation for the certification of equipment for use in explosive atmospheres (Ex Equipment).

INMETRO has granted DNV Business Assurance accreditation for the certification of Ex equipment in Brazil
INMETRO has granted DNV Business Assurance accreditation for the certification of Ex equipment in Brazil

The accreditation is granted according to INMETRO administrative rule No. 179, relating to a number of standards that are necessary to import Ex equipment intended for the Brazilian market.

“This accreditation creates new opportunities for both DNV Business Assurance and our customers - Ex equipment for use in explosive atmospheres requires such certification to gain access to the market in Brazil,” said Ana Silvestrin, Head of Product Certification in DNV Business Assurance South America.

The certification involves a detailed process of evaluation and testing of equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres. The end result, given that the product is found compliant, is the issuance of a certificate and report, confirming and demonstrating that the equipment is safe to use within Explosive Atmospheres.

DNV Business Assurance now holds accreditation to certify equipment to the following:

Method of Protection              Standard

Flameproof (Ex d)                  ABNT NBR IEC 60079-1:2009
Pressurized enclosure (Ex p) ABNT NBR IEC 60079-2:2009
Powder filling (Ex q)               ABNT NBR IEC 60079-5:2011
Oil immersion (Ex o)               ABNT NBR IEC 60079-6:2009
Increased safety (Ex e)        ABNT NBR IEC 60079-11:2009
Intrinsic safety (Ex i)             ABNT NBR IEC 60079-11:2009
Type of protection “n” (Ex n) IEC 60079-15:2010
Encapsulation (Ex m)              IEC 60079-15:2010

Additionally, the accreditation enables DNV Business Assurance to carry out the certification of Ex equipment repair shops. The certification is carried out in accordance with the standard ABNT NBR IEC 60079-19:2008.

DNV Business Assurance is already a notified body for ATEX, the EU directive for electrotechnical equipment, as well as the international the IECEx standard. The recent accreditation in Brazil complements these services.

The new accreditation also allows DNV Nemko Presafe, the newly established joint venture between DNV Business Assurance and Nemko, to offer extended services to their clients globally. DNV Nemko Presafe is a global testing and certification company specialised in the medical and Ex industries.

“DNV Nemko Presafe will now be able to utilize an even more extensive international network of Ex Equipment specialists, allowing us to help more of our customers to enter important markets with their products”, said Per Ove Øyberg, Global Director of Products and Services at DNV Business Assurance.

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