The ANZEx certification scheme is a series of Australian and New Zealand based standards designed to ensure that all electrical equipment and installations used in explosive atmospheres is safe.
Designed for the certification of equipment for explosive atmospheres, ANZEx certification is very similar to the international IECEx Scheme. ANZEx was created to establish a series of standards that relate to the compliance of equipment that’s used in hazardous areas. Compliance with these standards is achieved through rigorous testing and continued surveillance via a regular auditing process.
The objective of the IECEx System is to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety. IECEx conformity assessments are performed against the standards set by the IEC, the world’s foremost organisation for the preparation and publication of international standards relating to the production and installation of electrical, electronic, and other related technologies.
The IECEx System is comprised of the following:
1. The IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme
2. The IECEx Certified Service Facilities Scheme
3. The IECEx Conformity Mark Licensing System
4. The IECEx Certified Persons Scheme
Requirements for the issue of a certificate
- Firstly, the manufacturer must submit their product for testing and assessment by an ExTL (test laboratory).
- Then if testing demonstrates compliance with the requested standards the ExTL will issue an IECEx TR (test report).
- Secondly, the manufacturer must implement a Quality Management System that complies with IEC 60079-34, and have this system audited by an ExCB (certification body). Then If the audit is successful, the ExCB will issue an IECEx QAR (quality assessment report).
- Once the above steps have been completed, the ExCB can produce an IECEx Certificate of Conformity. All IECEx certificates are available on the IECEx website and their validity may be checked on the website.