Global certification is necessary to compete in today’s modern world. You can accelerate your worldwide product acceptance by bundling services. Combine hazardous locations services to gain global market access, reduce cost and minimize time to market.  UL can help you by creating a certification roadmap for access to the following markets:

  • UL, C-UL for North America
  • INMETRO for Brazil
  • Customs Union including Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus
  • ATEX for the European Union
  • IECEx certifications

By acquiring the certifications noted above, you will gain access to a majority of the world markets but many regions have local requirements as well. UL is the one certification organization that can create a global certification solution for your product.  Global market access is UL’s specialty, and we are the experts on HazLoc certification requirements. So, streamline your worldwide acceptance by choosing the one certification organization whose brand is most widely recognized and accepted globally.

For your convenience, UL has recently added ATEX Certificates to our online certification directory.  This database enables fast, easy and reliable access for both you and your customers.

How to search ATEX online certificaion directory:

  • Click here for online certification directory
  • Search keyword “ATEX”
  • Select “link to file” based on company name
  • Select applicable certificate(s)
  • Download or print certificate(s)

Organizations in the European Union (EU) must follow directives to help protect employees from explosion risk in areas with an explosive atmosphere.

There are two ATEX directives (one for the manufacturer and one for the user of the equipment): 

  • ATEX 95 equipment directive 94/9/EC, Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (Replaced by 2014/34/EU on April 20, 2016 – see below for details)•
  • ATEX 137 workplace directive 99/92/EC, Minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.

The new ATEX directive 2014/34/EU is effective from April 20, 2016, replacing 94/9/EC, and it will affect manufacturers for the following:

  • This new ATEX directive 2014/34/EU will be mandatory for manufacturers on April 20, 2016 as is stated in article 44 of the directive for any new or revised certifications.  New certifications after this date shall comply with the new directive and its requirements.
  • There is a new requirement for risk analysis to be provided to the Notified Body (UL) by the Manufacturer for all EU Type Examination certificates and Certificates of Conformity (from April 20, 2016)
  • EC Type examination Certificates should remain valid after implementation of the new directive according to article 41. Over time it would be required to have them updated based on changes in the “state of the art” but such action shall be initiated by the manufacturer following current practice. We have not received any fixed timeline for update of EC-Type Examination Certificates into EU Type Examination Certificates.   A three years limitation applies to Quality Assurance Notifications based on the quality assessment re-certification cycle. Consideration of harmonized (current) standards listed in the Official Journal (OJ) will be required as part of the update.
  • Manufacturers must update their EU Declaration of Conformity to refer to the new directive 2014/34/EU by April 20, 2016.
  • Importers (into EEA) should note a wide range of new requirements (incl. marking) that will be applicable as of April 20, 2016.

ATEX Services include: 

  • Ex Marking Certification – Products sold in the European Union (EU) must be marked with the Distinctive Community Mark (Ex in a hexagon) and the CE marking in accordance with the ATEX Directive. We can help you identify applicable requirements and assemble a technical file. We post ATEX certificates on-line for customer’s and inspector’s access.
  • ATEX Unit Verification – The Unit Verification Service provides certification for customized equipment that is intended to be used in a potentially explosive atmosphere and for installation in the EU.
  • ATEX Quality Audits – The ATEX Directive requires a quality assurance process and procedure to be in place to help ensure continued compliance of Ex Certified products.  UL has auditors around the world that can perform these audits.

Link to Directive: ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

Link to: Guidance document on the ATEX Directive transition from 94/9/EC to 2014/34/EU

The IECEx System is an international system for the safety of equipment installed in a potentially explosive atmosphere.  It is similar to the IECEE CB scheme.  It is based on the 60079 Series of standards facilitated by the TC31 technical committee. UL participates on and leads many of the TC31 technical committees leading the charge of standards evolution. UL is an approved test laboratory and certification body within the IECEx Certified Equipment and Service Facilities programs and can authorize the use of the IECEx mark.

  • Ex Marking Certification – We can help you identify applicable requirements and assemble a technical file in accordance with the IECEx system guidelines.
  • Unit Verification – The Unit Verification Service provides certification for customized equipment that is intended to be used in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
  • Quality Audits – The IECEx System requires a quality assurance process and procedure to be in place to ensure continued compliance of IECEx Certified products.