From 1st July 2003, all equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres within the European Union has had to bear the CE marking in accordance with the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC. More Information...
Previous Hazardous Standards were based on Standards and Laws of each EU member State. This led to various different acceptable standards in each country. The introduction of EN50014 (IEC 60079), the first “European Standard” unfortunately translated by each country to suit their own interpretation. Atex was the next step in the process as it is a European Standard that is not open to interpretation.