FM Approvals is a notified body within the European Union (EU) to the ATEX equipment directive. That means we can undertake the assessment, testing and certification of your products against this ATEX directive. The ATEX directive applies to equipment intended to be used where a hazardous area or an explosive atmosphere is present. Organizations in the EU must follow the ATEX directives.

There are two ATEX directives—one for the manufacturer and one for the end user:

  • The ATEX 95 equipment directive 94/9/EC, Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.*
  • The ATEX 137 workplace directive 99/92/EC, Minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.

FM Approvals is a Notified Body ONLY under the ATEX 95 equipment directive 94/9/EC. Products that comply with this directive bear the CE and the ATEX marks.

*A new ATEX directive, 20134/34/EU, will take effect in April of 2016, replacing 94/9/EC.