TÜV SÜD has launched its ATEX directive certification service to cater for both the post Brexit European Union and UK markets.
This means it can cover products for European CE marking and Britain’s new UKCA mark compliance.
From the beginning of this year, new products being released into the home market have had to apply the UKCA. CE marking compliance certificates, issued for the European ATEX Directive for products already available on the market, become invalid after 1January 2023 and must then apply the new UK mark.
TÜV SÜD holds dual accreditation as an ATEX Directive Notified Body and UKCA Approved Body, enabling it to support manufacturers for the UK and continental markets.
The ATEX Directive covers all explosion-proof equipment and systems, including anything used within, or in conjunction with potentially explosive atmospheres. This includes safety, control and regulation devices, as well as protective components, equipment and systems.
TÜV SÜD business development director for industrial services (UK) Paul Taylor said the twin status allowed the company to ensure firma trading domestically and in the EU member states could maintain business as usual.
“Manufacturers of explosion-proof equipment and systems must conform to standards that apply to the market into which they are being sold. By maintaining our EU ATEX Directive Notified Body status and becoming a UKCA Approved Body, TÜV SÜD can help businesses to seamlessly comply will both requirements.”
The so-called EU Exit Statutory Instruments enable the UKCA Marking requirements to replace CE Marking. However, the UK’s standards will remain the same as EU harmonised standards, thus maintaining a single model.