The European Commission has published Directive 94/9/EC which is an instruction to bring local law into approximate agreement with the contents of the Directive (often referred to as the ATEX-Directive).
The EC DIRECTIVE 94/9/EC came into force on 1. March 1996 but with a transition perioduntil 30. June 2003.
The EC Directive 94/9/EC applies to equipment , protective systems and components intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
The main change in the EC DIRECTIVE 94/9/EC is that non-electrical hazards are now brought within the scope of the Directive. Where there had been some legal cover previously referring to these hazards, the change should make little difference to a manufacturer. Where previous practice was to apply experience or industry based requirements there may be more significant impact on design procedures. In all cases, the application of the EC Directive 94/9/EC will lead to more voluminous and more accurate record holding. This is particularly so where a third party becomes introduced for purposes of conformity assessment. However, the general shape of the essential requirements and of the conformity assessment is similar to that of other probably relevant Directives (Regulations) with which pump equipment needs to conform.

CE marking
CE marking

Marking of safety

CE marking proves the conformity of a product according to the requirements of the European Directives of European Union.

CE marking on a product is the passport for its free distribution in European market and ensures the healthy competition and the transparency of commercial deals inside and outside of European Union boarders.

Since 1985, the constructors are obliged to certificate their products, affirming with this way the consumers that these have been manufactured according to definite requirements of safety and hygiene. CE marking declares that the product is safe as long as it is used for the intended scope and according to the manufacturer use directions.

According to the European Directives which have harmonized with the Greek Legislation, the products which are obliged to be certified before their distribution in the market of the European Union countries are:

I. Directives of new approach
1. Low voltage equipment (73/23/ΕEC, amendment 93/68/ΕEC)
2. Simple pressure vessels (87/404/ΕEC, amendments 90/488/ΕEC and 93/68/ΕEC)
3. Toys safety (88/378/ΕEC, amendment 93/68/ΕEC)
4. Electromagnetic compatibility (89/336/ΕEC, amendments 92/31/ ΕEC and 93/68/ ΕEC)
5. Machinery safety (98/37/ΕC, amendment 98/79/ΕC)
6. Personal protective equipment (89/686/ ΕEC, amendments 93/68/ ΕEC, 93/95/ ΕEC and 96/58/ΕC)
7. Non-automatic weighing instruments (90/384/ ΕEC, amendment 93/68/ ΕEC)
8. Medical devices: Active implantable (90/385/ ΕEC, amendments 93/42/ ΕEC & 93/68/ ΕEC)
9. Appliances burning gaseous fuels (90/396/ ΕEC, amendment 93/68/ ΕEC)
10. New hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fluids (efficiency requirements) (92/42/ ΕEC, amendment 93/68/ ΕEC)
11. Explosives for civil uses (93/15/ ΕEC)
12. Medical devices: General (93/42/ ΕEC, amendment 98/79/ΕC)
13. Equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive atmospheres (94/9/ΕC)
14. Recreational craft (94/25/ΕC)
15. Lifts (95/16/ΕC)
16. Refrigeration devices (96/57/ΕC)
17. Pressure equipment (97/23/ΕC)
18. Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (99/5/ΕC)
19. Medical devices: In vitro diagnostic (98/79/ΕC)
20. Wireless terminal equipment of communication and telecommunication (99/5/ΕC)
21. Construction Products (89/106/ ΕEC, amendment 93/68/ ΕEC)
II. Directive based on the principles of the spherical approach, but who does not forecast the CE marking.
21. Sea equipment (96/98/ΕC)

The technical file for CE marking it remains in the manufacturer archive and he displays it whenever this is necessary.