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QPS Evaluation Services, Inc., Toronto, Canada, is accredited as an ATEX Notified Body to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, and listed  as Notified Body number 2900

What does this mean for you?

This means that Hazardous Location customers who currently work with QPS to assist them in obtaining ATEX certification through EU-based partners can continue to use our ATEX certification services, with the added benefit that QPS is now authorized to issue ATEX certification directly from our office located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It also means that manufacturers of Hazardous Location equipment who are looking for an alternative provider of ATEX certification services (Type testing and Quality Audit-QAN) for placing their products on the EU market in a faster and more cost-effective way can now use QPS as their ATEX Notified Body.  

Where can I view the QPS EVALUATION SERVICES EC Notification?

You are invited to visit the  European Commission’s website and view our Notification by clicking on this link: 2014/34/EU Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

 

What Certification marks may complying products bear?

ATEX products certified by QPS Evaluation Services Inc., Toronto, Canada, MAY bear the following marks

The Ex symbol indicates that the product complies with an explosion protection technique.  It is followed by the equipment group and category.

The CE marking followed by QPS’s notified body number 2900 is placed on products where the QAN (Module D and Module E) is issued and controlled by QPS.

QPS Europe B.V., Nijmegen, The Netherlands, is accredited  as an ATEX Notified Body by RvA in The Netherlands to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU and listed  as Notified Body number 2876

What does this mean for you?

For products intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres destined for the EU Market, we evaluate them to the applicable requirements of the ATEX Directive and the relevant EN standards for Explosive Atmospheres.

Where can I view the QPS EUROPE B.V. EC Notification?

You are invited to visit the  European Commission’s website and view our Notification by clicking on this link: 2014/34/EU Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

 

What Certification marks may complying products bear?

ATEX products certified by QPS Europe B.V., Nijmegen, The Netherlands MAY bear the following marks

The Ex symbol indicates that the product complies with an explosion protection technique.  It is followed by the equipment group and category.

 II 2G – This example marking indicates that a product is explosion protected, for above ground equipment (II), Category 2 (Zone 1), for explosive gas atmospheres (G)

The CE marking followed by QPS’s notified body number 2876 is placed on products where the QAN (Module D and Module E) is issued and controlled by QPS.

Our UK-based Applus+ “3C Test”  is accredited in the UK as a UKEX Approved Body number 8508

What does this mean for you?

QPS can undertake the necessary product evaluation in order to create a UK Type Certification and UKQAN to meet UKEX legislation.  The approval process is handled in a seamless manner directly by QPS staff, working under contract with 3C Test Ltd.

When does the UKCA Scheme come into effect?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2023, Ex products destined for Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) must carry the UKCA marking of conformity as mandated by UK legislation. Where such products require third-party involvement as part of their conformity assessment process they must be evaluated by a UK Approved Body accredited by UKAS, such as Applus+ 3C Test.

Where can I view the Schedule of Accreditation issued to 3C Test Ltd?

View the Schedule of Accreditation here: https://www.ukas.com/wp-content/uploads/schedule_uploads/979703/5418Product-Certification.pdf

 

What Certification marks may complying products bear?

UKEX products certified by 3C Test, MAY bear the following marks

The Ex symbol indicates that the product complies with an explosion protection technique.  It is followed by the equipment group and category.

  8508

8508 

The UKCA marking followed by 3C Test’s approved body number 8508 is placed on products where the UKQAN is issued and controlled by 3C Test.  Additional information may be found here: Using the UKCA marking – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), or contact one of our experts for assistance.

Types Of Certificates

What are the most common types of Certificates available?

EU Type Examination Certificate (Module B)

Applicable to Category 1 and 2 (Zone 0 or Zone1) Electrical Equipment where QPS undertakes the necessary evaluation and testing of equipment to EN harmonized standards to determine that the “type” meets the essential requirements of Directive 2014/34/EU and issues an EU-type examination certificate. The manufacturer(s) of the product must posses a Quality Assurance Notification or QAN or be evaluated to the other applicable modules: Conformity to type based on product verification (Module F) or Conformity to type based on internal production control plus supervised product testing (Module C1).

Type Examination (Module A)

Applicable to Category 3 electrical equipment only where QPS undertakes the necessary evaluation and testing of equipment to EN harmonized standards to determine that the “type” meets the essential requirements of Directive 2014/34/EU and issues a type examination certificate. A QAN or other modules are not required for this certification type.

Unit Verification (Module G)

Applicable to all categories and equipment types and where QPS examines individual equipment or protective system and carries out tests as defined in European harmonised standards, if they exist, or otherwise in European, international or national standards or conduct equivalent tests to ensure conformity with the relevant requirements of Directive 2014/34/EU and creates a unit verification certificate. A QAN or other modules are not required for this certification type.Unit Verification is sometimes known as batch certification as it applies to a limited production run. The serial or batch numbers of the equipment are controlled in the certificate.

Quality Assurance Notification or QAN (Module D and Module E)

Applicable to Manufacturers producing equipment for Categories 1 and 2 whereby QPS assess the Quality System and production processes to EN 80079-34 and issues a Quality Assurance Notification and an assessment report.

Here’s How QPS Will Help You With All Of Your ATEX Needs

Being an ATEX Notified Body and being also accredited to test and certify HazLoc equipment in the USA, Canada and the IECEx System, QPS can save you time and money by bundling ATEX, IECEx and North American Certifications.

We provide a full and comprehensive CE Marking assistance service covering a menu of options you can choose from, depending on your specific needs and capability, as follows:
  • General consultation on the European Directives and CE Marking requirements.
  • Testing/evaluation to the applicable requirements of the ATEX Directive, and issuance of the required Type Certificate and Reports.
  • Testing/evaluation to the requirements of all other applicable Directives (such as LVD, EMC, Machinery, etc.) and issuance of the required reports.
  • Assessment of your quality system to the requirements of the ATEX Directive, and issuance of the required Quality Assessment Notification (QAN).
  • Assisting in the preparation of the required technical dossier.
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