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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  Under the quality system, each piece of equipment shall be examined and appropriate tests as set out in the relevant standard(s) referred to in Article 5 of the ATEX Directive or equivalent tests shall be carried out in order to ensure its conformity with the relevant requirements of the ATEX Directive. 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 instruments. This quality system documentation must permit a consistent interpretation of the 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 product quality;

  • the examinations and tests which will be carried out after manufacture;

  • the means to monitor the effective operation of the quality system;

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

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