With the UK officially leaving the EU, did you know that ATEX certification has been replaced by the ‘UKCA’ mark for any manufacturer looking to sell hazardous area products into the UK?
At Raytec, we work closely with our UK notified body, Eurofins CML, to ensure our hazardous area certificates are constantly updated and tested to the latest edition of the standards. This has allowed Raytec to be one of the first manufacturers to obtain UKCA certificate numbers. The new certificates will be incorporated into SPARTAN luminaires over the coming weeks, and moving forwards there will be 3 certificate numbers included on each label – ATEX, IEC Ex and UKCA – allowing the same luminaire to be used worldwide.
Why are these changes important?
- While there’s a period of grace until 01/01/22 where ATEX approved products can continue to be sold into the UK, many end users will begin to insist that products must conform to the new UKCA certification as soon as possible.
- One of the main criteria behind obtaining the new UKCA certification is that all products must be approved to the latest editions of the EN60079 range of standards. If products are still using ATEX certificates, it may mean they have been certified against editions of the standards that could be over 15 years old – in that time there has been many major changes to the standards which these older products may struggle to meet.
To find out more about the new UKCA certification, call us on +44 (0) 1670 520 055, or email Raytec Global at firstname.lastname@example.org or Raytec Americas at email@example.com.