This Directive applies to electrical and non-electrical equipment and protective devices and systems (e.g. surface and mining equipment) used in (potentially) explosive atmospheres.
The Directive repeals its predecessor, Directive 94/9/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
The Directive establishes EU wide policies on the sale and use of equipment and protective systems for the use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Its rules apply to a wide range of equipment regardless of the economic sector.
The equipment and protective devices and systems covered by the scope of the directive have to meet essential safety and health requirements (common requirements for all devices and systems and additional requirements) which are defined in the annexes of the directive.
The Directive defines procedures under which devices and systems can obtain CE marking. Each manufacturer must carry out a safety and conformity assessment and provide technical documentation as well as safety instructions. Furthermore the Directive sets out procedures for the control of devices and systems by national notification bodies. If devices and systems comply with market conformity, Member States should not hinder market access and circulation while unsafe products have to be prevented from accessing the market.
Annex I: Criteria determining the classification of equipment-groups into categories
Annex II: Essential health and safety requirements relating to the design and construction of equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
Annex III: Module B: EU-type examination
Annex IV: Module D: Conformity to type based on quality assurance of the production process
Annex V: Module F: Conformity to type based on product verification
Annex VI: Module C1: Conformity to type based on internal production control plus supervised product testing
Annex VII: Module E: Conformity to type based on product quality assurance
Annex VIII: Module A: Internal production control
Annex IX: Module G: Conformity based on unit verification
Annex X: EU declaration of conformity
Annex XI: Repealed Directive with list of the successive amendments thereto / Time limits for transposition into national law and dates of application (referred to in Article 43)
Annex XII: Correlation table (with Directive 94/9/EC)
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National measures implementing this Directive
Further information on this topic
See also information of the European Commission - DG Growth
Commission Guidelines on Directive 2014/34/EU
Publication of titles and references of harmonised standards: Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of Directive 2014/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres