On Friday 4 May 2012, the European Commission published an updated list of the European harmonized standards that pertain to the ATEX Directive (94/9/EC), the European CE directive that applies to equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres. The standards on this list may be used by manufacturers to prove that their equipment complies with the essential requirements of this directive.
The list introduces two new European harmonized standards:
1. EN 13617-2:2012 Petrol filling stations – Part 2: Safety requirements for construction and performance of safe breaks for use on metering pumps and dispensers. This standard replaces the 2004 version with the same number. By 30 September 2012, the new standard must be applied in order to keep benefiting the presumption of conformity.
2. EN 60079-11:2012 Explosive atmospheres – Part 11: Equipment protection by intrinsic safety ‘i’ (IEC 60079-11:2011). This standard replaces the EN 60079-11:2007 + EN 60079-27:2008 + EN 61241-11:2006. By 4 August 2014, the new standard must be applied in order to keep benefiting the presumption of conformity.
This updated list is also important to all manufacturers of CE-marked ATEX that have used European harmonized standards to prove CE compliance. If you have applied standards to prove compliance with the aforementioned directive, we recommend you to check the new list of standards to see if any of the standards you applied have been updated, or whether there are new standards available for your products. When standards have been updated by this list, you need to re-evaluate your products against the updated standard and update your Declaration of Conformity.
The updated list of standards can be found in our Library shortly.
More on the ATEX Directive.