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

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Regulation 10(3)(a)(ii) (Annex V to the ATEX Directive)

SCHEDULE 7Module: Product verification

1.  This module describes the procedure whereby a manufacturer or his authorised representative established in the Community checks and attests that the equipment subject to the provisions of paragraph 3 are in conformity with the type as described in the EC type-examination certificate and satisfy the relevant requirements of the ATEX Directive.

2.  The manufacturer shall take all measures necessary to ensure that the manufacturing process guarantees conformity 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. The manufacturer or his authorised representative established in the Community shall affix the CE marking to each piece of equipment and shall draw up a declaration of conformity.

3.  The notified body shall carry out the appropriate examinations and tests in order to check the conformity of the equipment, protective system or device referred to in Article 1(2) of the ATEX Directive, with the relevant requirements of the ATEX Directive, by examining and testing every product as specified in paragraph 4.

The manufacturer or his authorised representative shall keep a copy of the declaration of conformity for a period ending at least 10 years after the last piece of equipment was manufactured.

Verification by examination and testing of each piece of equipment

4.1  All equipment shall be individually examined and appropriate tests as set out in the relevant standard(s) referred to in Article 5 of the ATEX Directive or equipment tests shall be carried out in order to verify their conformity with the type as described in the EC type-examination certificate and the relevant requirements of the ATEX Directive.

4.2  The notified body shall affix or have affixed its identification number to each approved item of equipment and shall draw up a written certificate of conformity relating to the tests carried out.

4.3  The manufacturer or his authorised representative shall ensure that he is able to supply the notified body’s certificates of conformity on request.

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