Can EN 14986:2017 Form the Basis of International Certification?

With the issue of European Standard EN 14986 in January 2017, experts in explosive atmospheres are considering whether the new standard can form a part of international certification.
( | Press Release | 2017-04-07 10:59:42 )
A new edition of standard EN 14986 “Design of fans working in potentially explosive atmospheres” was issued in January 2017. While the new standard does not make substantial changes to the 2007 version, many fan manufacturers will need to consider the amendments before the previous version loses harmonisation status. While the new edition has not yet been published in the Official Journal, it is speculated that this will happen in January 2020.

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For stakeholders, the main question raised by the update will be whether EN 14986 can form the basis of true international certification, even though it is a European standard?

The experts at SGS Baseefa have concluded that it can.

During the previous year, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has published:

• ISO 80079-36 Explosive Atmospheres - Non-electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres -- Basic method and requirements
• ISO 80079-37 Explosive Atmospheres - Non-electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres -- Non-electrical type of protection constructional safety ''c'', control of ignition sources ''b'', liquid immersion ''k''

It is these standards, rather than the older European standard EN 13463, that EN 14986:2017 now refer to.

Since the ISO 80079 series of documents are also available for use by IECEx, and it is recognised that published material from any source can be used to back up the ‘Ignition Hazard Assessment’ required by ISO 80079-36, it must be concluded that EN 14986 will be considered a valid document in supporting the ‘Ignition Hazard Assessment’.

The IECEx certificate will still be tested against ISO 80089-36 and -37, but the assessment process and reports generated by compliance with EN 14986 can clearly be used to support both the IECEx certificate and the ATEX documentation.

The availability of these new standards suggests that more and more manufacturers will seek to use IECEx documentation as the basis for the ATEX Technical File and EU Declaration of Conformity. This will be for both ATEX Category 3 Equipment and Non-Electrical ATEX Category 2 Equipment. The paperwork created for IECEx certification will form not only the basis for the ATEX Technical File, but also provide documentation which is accepted in many authorities around the globe.

SGS’s Baseefa Certification Services
With a history that dates back to the 1920s, SGS Baseefa is now a world leader in the field of hazardous atmospheres. They offer a range of services including certification and training, and can help companies comply with a range of national and international requirements, including ATEX and IECEx. Learn more about SGS’s Baseefa Certification Services (

For further information contact:

SGS Baseefa Limited
Rockhead Business Park
Staden Lane
Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9RZ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1298 766600

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

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