28 May 2021

Edmonton, Alberta – Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce the approval of its first lab in Canada as an ATEX notified body, providing Canadian manufacturers of equipment used in explosive atmospheres with a testing and certification partner to access the European market. With this new approval, the first for Intertek in Canada, the Group broadens its testing and certification scope for regional manufacturers, offering easier access to multiple global markets.

Under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, certification agencies accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) can apply for notified body status for EU regulations including ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, which applies to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Any manufacturer producing electrical equipment to be used in such settings in the EU must comply with this directive. As an ATEX notified body, the Intertek lab in Edmonton is authorized to evaluate, document and certify that equipment and protective systems intended for the EU market meet the relevant applicable provisions of the ATEX Directive.

Sunny Rai, Senior Vice President at Intertek, said: “At Intertek, our goal is to provide Total Quality Assurance to manufacturers supplying equipment to hazardous locations and explosive atmospheres, through our comprehensive assurance, testing, inspection and certification services. We are delighted to expand our notified body status to Canada, which will help manufacturers send their products into the EU and other regions across the globe quickly and efficiently by providing local access to evaluation and certification services.”

In addition to its ATEX authorization in Canada, Intertek has ATEX notified body status at labs in Europe, the United States and Asia, along with notified body status for multiple directives and schemes, including the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx), Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DESAR), and the Gulf Standards Organization’s G mark. Intertek also has co-licensed and own-branded certification schemes such as CE marking in the EU and its ETL mark in North America.

Intertek provides global solutions to the hazardous locations industry with a proven track record of excellence and success supporting clients. From the widely recognized ETL mark for North America to ATEX and IECEx certification, Intertek’s team of engineers and technicians have the experience and expertise to help with the certification process and provide training and technical service solutions designed with the industry in mind. For more information, visit www.intertek.com/hazardous-locations.

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