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Directive 2014/34/EU - equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

Directive 2014/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (recast)

Objective

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 antecessor Directive, Dir 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.

Contents

The Directive establishes EU wide prescriptions on the sale and the use of equipment and protective systems for the use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Thus its rules apply to a wide range of equipment regardless of the economic sector.  
Equipment and protective devices and systems covered by the scope of the Directive must meet certain 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 the CE marking. Each manufacturer must must carry out a safety and conformity assessment and provide technical documentation as well as safety instructions. Furthermore it sets out procedures for the control of devices and systems by national notification bodies. If devices and systems comply with market conformity, Member States shall not hinder market access and circulation while unsafe products shall be prevented from having market access.

Annexes

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 Dir 94/9 EC)

 

Read the full text of the consolidated version of the Directive (including corrections for certain languages)

Read the full text of the original Directive (without corrections)

National measures implementing this Directive

Further information on this topic

See also information of the European Commission - DG Growth

Commission Guidelines on Dir 2014/34 EU - First edition

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