European ATEX Guidelines for the Valve Industry
These Guidelines are professional ones, they complete or precise those published by the European Commission in July 2005. Their aim is to fix common interpretations within the European Valve Industry for issues that have still not yet been clarified. These points are detailed in Part B of this document, Part A being a reminder of the general ATEX concepts.
In particular, manufacturers are concerned about the possible misunderstanding of the term “Simple Valve”. The issue is that a ”simple valve” is excluded or said to be excluded from the scope of 94/9/EC Directive, but no clear definition of the term has been given. This major issue has been discussed within the CEIR and lead to a clear definition, stated in the first point of part B (See B.1).