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Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Quality system

3.2  The quality system shall ensure compliance of the equipment with the type as described in the EC type-examination certificate and with the requirements of the ATEX Directive which apply to them.

All the elements, requirements and provisions adopted by the manufacturer shall be documented in a systematic and orderly manner in the form of written policies, procedures and instructions. The quality system documentation must permit a consistent interpretation of quality programmes, plans, manuals and records.

It shall contain, in particular, an adequate description of:

  • the quality objectives and the organizational structure, responsibilities and powers of the management with regard to equipment quality;

  • the manufacturing, quality control and quality assurance techniques, processes and systematic actions which will be used;

  • the examinations and tests which will be carried out before, during and after manufacture and the frequency with which they will be carried out;

  • the quality records, such as inspection reports and test data, calibration data, reports on the qualifications of the personnel concerned, etc.;

  • the means to monitor the achievement of the required equipment quality and the effective operation of the quality system.

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