From 20 April 2016 the new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU is applicable for equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Directive 2014/34/EU is based on decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 and replaces the former Directive 94/9/EC.

The new directive is aligned with the “New Legislative Framework”, however there are no technical changes in the requirements to equipment.

The Essential Health and Safety Requirements in Annex II of the 94/9/EC directive have not changed, and the list of harmonized standards will still be applicable as a basis for certification In the preamble of the new directive the following statement occurs: “Experience has shown that the criteria set out in Directive 94/9/EC that conformity assessment bodies have to fulfil to be notified to the Commission are not sufficient to ensure a uniformly high level of performance of notified bodies throughout the Union”.

This indicates stronger requirements on us as a notified body. National accreditation will be one way to ensure the necessary level of confidence. DNV Nemko Presafe AS has now confirmed its accreditation according to the new directive. Existing certificates issued for the 94/9/EC directive will still be valid, and it is not required to update these certificates if there are no changes to the product. However all manufacturers have to update their EC Declarations of conformity to an EU Declaration of conformity according to the new directive. If you as a holder of an ATEX certificate issued by Presafe, DNV or Nemko would like to update it to the latest directive, please do not hesitate to contact us at ex@presafe.com.

From 8 September 2017 the new list of harmonized standards (ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU) is available. According to § 183 of the ATEX Guidelines, it is the manufacturers responsibility to determine, by GAP analysis, whether the changes require update of existing Declaration of Conformity (DoC). Presafe offers GAP analysis in order to find out if your product meets the requirements according to new list of harmonized standards. We perform testing & certification when needed.

All new Presafe ATEX certificates are now issued with QR code

How it works?

All our ATEX certificates are now tagged with a traceable QR code. When a new Presafe certificate is issued, the data is digitized and a unique digital identity is assigned to each certificate.

Press Release - DNV GL acquires 100% ownership of Presafe

We would like to announce that DNV GL has acquired 100% ownership of the EU Notified Body DNV GL Nemko Presafe AS (Presafe), which was until today a joint-venture together with the Oslo-based testing and certification company Nemko AS.


Products face ever-increasing demands on innovation, quality & profitability and can only be placed on market if they meet regulatory requirements and safety standards.