Protection could well be a two part exercise:

The equipment must be designed and manufactured to appropriate standards for a chosen “Type of Protection” and then must be installed, inspected, maintained and repaired taking into account further standards for these activities.

In Europe, all these activities are subject to the requirements of two European Community Directives:

2014/34/EU (ATEX) covers everything related to design and manufacture up to the point of “placing the equipment on the market.

Directive 99/92/EC (ATEX 137 workplace directive) covers installation, maintenance and operation of certified equipment in areas where a risk of explosion is present.

Internationally, the IECEx Product Certification Scheme relates to the design and manufacture of equipment and is generally accepted as the basic for national certifications.

IECEx Service Facility Certification and IECEx Personnel Competence Certification Schemes relate to the installation, maintenance, inspection, and repair of the equipment in service.

SAM SYSTEM offers ATEX equipment certification if the equipment is to be sold in Europe and IECEx certification for accessing global markets.


The universal goal for IECEx is to be “one certificate acceptable everywhere” supported by absolute and traceable compliance to the nominated standards, this opens the door to national certification in 30 countries currently participating in the scheme.
These include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America.