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Article archive for IECEx;

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Protecting people and equipment from explosions 30 March 2021

In this interview, the Chair of IEC Technical Committee 31, Martin Thedens, discusses IEC TC 31 and how it continues its busy work despite the difficulties linked to the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Standardisation and Conformity Assessment at IEC 16 December 2020

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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Smart organisations in emergency mode 05 October 2020

Unfortunately, this is the third time I have had to write my column under the context of COVID-19. Worldwide 188 countries have been affected by the pandemic and the impact on mental and physical health has been severe. All 35-member countries of the IECEx Management Committee and organisations, and persons holding IECEx Certification in more than 60 countries continue to struggle with the consequences of the disease....

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IEC offers much more than standards and certificates 06 August 2020

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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The importance of international organisations and digitalisation 17 June 2020

When I wrote my article for the April issue of Hazardex, it was the beginning of March. At the time, European governments were starting to announce countermeasures in the fight against coronavirus. Two weeks later, public life in almost all European countries and across the world had been locked down....

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Hydrogen is the solution 20 April 2020

For the last few weeks, the coronavirus has been dominating both political agendas and media headlines. For me, the crisis is clearly showing both the global interdependencies and vulnerabilities of our societies....

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IECEx: the Global Standard in Ex Certification 17 October 2019

It has been more than 20 years since the first IECEx report or Certificate was issued and since those humble beginnings, IECEx has evolved into the “Global Standard”, accepted by industry and Governments when conducting testing and certification of Ex-related Equipment, Services and Competence in the many industries where flammable and combustible materials are extracted, processed, stored and used....

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The peer-to-peer principle at IECEx 04 September 2019

One of the most fundamental rules of work for all conformity assessment systems run by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the “peer-to-peer” principle. In our case, it means that the members of our organisations are supervising each other in all important kinds of activities. ...

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Attracting new stakeholders to IECEx 18 July 2019

One of my roles as chairman of the IECEx system is to participate in the work of the conformity assessment board (CAB) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The CAB, which consists of the delegates of 15 countries as well as the relevant IEC officers, governs all activities of the four existing IEC conformity assessment systems....

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Developments in the IECEx Service Facility Certification Scheme 01 July 2019

IECEx is best known for its worldwide Product Certification Scheme, with the benefits of providing a certificate which is viewable on the internet and directly acceptable in many countries, along with the transportability of its test reports, as a means of securing local certification, at minimum cost, where necessary....