The ATEX, LVD & EMC Directives changed on the 20th April 2016 with immediate effect. For the most part, the changes are driven by the New Legislative Framework and include a move to a common document format, whilst at the same time clarifying the obligations of various parties. The key content that applies to Manufacturers (the scope, safety requirements and conformity assessment procedure) remains the same.
What does this mean for Crowcon?
The changes to our working practices will be:
- New multi-lingual format for our product EU Declaration of Conformities, referencing the new Directive numbers.
- Instructions and Safety Information will be supplied in the relevant official language for each EU Member State where Crowcon sell products.
See below for a summary of key changes and documentation.
What does this mean for our customers?
- Any certificates (e.g. EC-type examination certificates) issued under the old Directives will remain valid under the new Directives until their fixed expiration date, even if amended and up-issued during that period. In the case of modification, a new certificate, under directive 2014/34/EU, must be issued. The certificate number may remain unchanged.
- What happens with the products currently stored at the distributors’ and users’? Products must meet the legal obligations when placed on the market for the first time. Those stored at distributors’ or users’ are considered as placed on the market already so the new ATEX directive does not apply.
If you have any questions then please contact Rachel Eggington, Quality Manager.
Crowcon supports new and existing customers not only with products for specific applications, but also in assisting to educate the industry on potential gas hazards.
Summary of the key changes and documentation
(link to guidance document)
|Old version (applicable until 19/4/16)||New version (applicable from 20/4/16)|
|Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive||(EMC) Directive 2004/108/EC||EMC DIRECTIVE 2014/30/EU|
|The Low Voltage Directive (LVD)||Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC||LVD Directive 2014/35/EU.|
|ATEX||Directive 94/9/EC||ATEX Directive|