The ATEX Directive is a European single market directive that applies to electrical and mechanical equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
The directive replaces 2 previous directives on electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (76/117/EC and 82/130/EC), which came into force on 1 March 1996.
The directive applies to both electrical and mechanical equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. These include:
• equipment and protective systems for use within potentially explosive atmospheres
• devices for use outside potentially explosive atmospheres, but which are required for, or contribute to the safe functioning of equipment and protective systems located inside such atmospheres
• components relating to the above
Legislation enables the free trading of ATEX products within the European, Economic Area (EEA) by removing the need for separate documentation and testing for each individual European market. Manufacturers may use a single CE mark on their products to show compliance with this (and any other relevant) directive.