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ExVeritas are one of the largest CompEx Certification companies in the world. We have 3 fully equipment practical training centers (UK, Malta and Ireland) and can also deliver many of our courses at customer sites. Contact us for more information or view details here.

 

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CMS- Certification Management System

CMS was created by ExVeritas to provide a project and certification management system for our clients. In addition, the system ensures compliance with accreditation and statutory requirements, minimising the possibility for errors whilst increasing the visibility of the certification process. In addition to ExVeritas administration, 2 user levels of access are permitted:
Client Log in: Clients of ExVeritas can log in to request quotes, track current quotes and projects and view reports and certificates. Clients can also request certificate concessions + variations on line.

Example Client Available Actions:

• Complete or approve application forms and quote requests.
• Track quote status and accept or decline quotes on line.
• View current project status, add tracked comments to project and upload tracked documents.
• Raise project change requests on-line to change the scope of the project whilst it is live.
• View certificates and request certificate concessions and variations to certificates on-line.
• Be informed of Quality Audit dates or track outstanding actions/non-compliances.

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A full pdf help guide can be found here

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The ‘Application Form’ is used as the contract review and the ‘Project Initiation Document’ (PID) and is therefore is one of the most critical documents for the project’s success. Many ‘Ex’ Certification projects go wrong at the application stage when customers often submit with partial or inaccurate requests for quotes (RFQ’s) that most Certification Bodies refer to as application forms (due to legal or accreditation requirements). It is imperative that both the customer and the Certification Body understand exactly what is required and how long it will take to deliver.

No certification quote should ever be issued without an application to define the scope, or the quote you receive may be misleading and inaccurate. ExVeritas have devised a system that makes collecting the required and critical quoting information simple, that information is then always reviewed to ensure what we deliver as a quote is accurate and deliverable based on our equipment and lead times.

CMS- Project & Certification Management.

CMS was created by ExVeritas to provide a project and certification management system for our clients. In addition, the system ensures compliance with accreditation and statutory requirements, minimising the possibility for errors whilst increasing the visibility of the certification process. In addition to ExVeritas administration, 2 user levels of access are permitted:
Client Log in: Clients of ExVeritas can log in to request quotes, track current quotes and projects and view reports and certificates. Clients can also request certificate concessions + variations on line. Example Client Available Actions:

• Complete or approve application forms and quote requests.
• Track quote status and accept or decline quotes on line.
• View current project status, add tracked comments to project and upload tracked documents.
• Raise project change requests on-line to change the scope of the project whilst it is live.
• View certificates and request certificate concessions and variations to certificates on-line.
• Be informed of Quality Audit dates or track outstanding actions/non-compliances.

A full pdf help guide can be found here

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ATEX and IECEx Product Certificates do not expire, only the Quality (production) certificates may expire which would stop new products being pout on the market.  Once the equipment has been installed (put in use) it is not removed even if the manufacturing company stop production and no longer has a QAN/QAR.

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Once your CompEx Certificate expires a full re-examination is necessary (as on your full course). Training is not mandatory for any CompEx Competence Assessment (Certification), if you are confident you can just sit the exam….but you may find a lot has changed in 5 years!

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There is a European-wide (and in some cases global) agreement that each country should have a single National Accreditation Body to oversee Certification Bodies such as ExVeritas. The UK’s only National Accreditation Body is the United Kingdom Accreditation Service who are supported by UK Government.

If you are seeking qualification for public sector tenders or tenders from large blue chip organisations (as is common in the oil and Gas industry or with utilities) then the expectation is that you should have an ISO certificate from a Certification Body which is accredited by UKAS.

Having a certificate issued by a UKAS accredited certifier is your guarantee that it will be recognised and respected by any procurement team or buyer worldwide.

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Tag: ISO9001
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CompEx Certification is an internationally recognised course and qualification in explosive atmospheres. It provides competency based assessment for personnel working in hazardous locations. Our courses consist of training and formal, practical and/or theoretical assessment. CompEx competency validation is most relevant and essential to people who are involved in the design, selection, installation, inspection and maintenance of equipment. Over 60,000 CompEx Core Competence Certificates have been issued to delegates world-wide making CompEx the words most widely accepted hazardous area competence qualification. ExVeritas is a licenced CompEx Training Centre (licence number 32, 32a in Ireland and 32b in Malta) and also an ATEX Notified Body and IECEx Certification Body. We have over 200 years Ex experience within our company including specialist instructors in many areas such as area classification, explosion risk assessment or intrinsic safety, this means we can answer all of your questions, all of the time. CompEx is applicable to anyone with responsibilities related to potentially explosive environments including:

EX F and EX F+ ATEX and DSEAR Overview
Ex01-Ex04 Electrical Inspection & Installation
Ex01-Ex04 Electrical Inspection & Installation Refresher
Ex05-Ex06 Electrical Inspection and Installation Dust Environments
Ex11 Mechanical
EX12 Electrical Designers and Project Engineers
EX 14 Responsible Person

More information can be found here

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Our DSEAR Gap Analysis was designed to give you a quick overview of all aspects of your safety and compliance with DSEAR and ATEX  . If you wish to proceed or alter the scope in any way we would ask you to go here http://cms.exveritas.com/public/quote/ enter your details and then press ’DSEAR Review’ and enter a little information as request on the site, we will get a formal quote out then in 24 hours or sooner.

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IECEx non-electrical and assembly certification is voluntary (unlike ATEX where it is a legal requirement) but may be required by Regulating Bodies such as the USCG.

IECEx assemblies or ‘Ex h’ non-electrical certification (other than unit verification) requires a Quality Audit of the Manufacturer to issue a Manufacturing licence (QAR).

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All IECEx all Electrical Certification (other than unit verification) requires a Quality Audit of the Manufacturer to issue a Manufacturing licence (QAR). This is annual and is based on ISO9000 type Quality systems/audits and typically costs the same as ATEX or just a few hundred pounds if it is done at the same time as ATEX.

Unit Verification is also available, but this requires each unit to be inspected and listed by serial number on the certificate.

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For Zone 0 or Zone 1 (Category 1 and 2) electrical certification requires a ‘Quality Audit’ of the Manufacturer to issue a Manufacturing licence (ATEX Quality Module). This is annual and is based on ISO9000 type Quality systems/audits and typically costs around £2K if you have an accredited ISO9001 and are just building a few concepts.

If you don’t have an accredited ISO9001 or use many concepts it can cost more.

Unit Verification is also available, but this requires each unit to be inspected and listed by serial number on the certificate.

 

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Typically, a certification project will be around £6-8K for Zone 2 and £8-12K GBP for Zone 0/1 and take around 8-12 weeks, but that is very ball-park. A complicated intrinsic safety project can cost 40K and take 6 months or more depending on the amount of analysis and testing required.

ATEX can be added for a small additional costs (unless there are substantial non-electrical elements that require additional work)

All quotes issued assume that the product is compliant, and re-testing or re-assessment may be charged additionally.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
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0

Typically, a certification project will be around £6-8K for Zone 2 and £8-12K GBP for Zone 0/1 and take around 8-12 weeks, but that is very ball-park. A complicated intrinsic safety project can cost over 40K and take 6-12 months or more depending on the amount of analysis and testing required.

IECEx certification can be added for a small additional cost

Get a free firm quote by answering a few simple questions

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The most important thing is the quote request is what zone/category and what ‘concept’ is the product designed to (for example, Ex d or Ex i.a.). If the product hasn’t been specifically designed to an ATEX Standard, If you have not designed your product to an ATEX or IEC Ex Standard ten you should consider starting with a design review 

It can save you a lot of time and money as there is little point starting a certification project if the product doesn’t comply with the Standards we will test and assess against.

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We would need quite a lot more information to provide an accurate quote and timescale, you can find information on what we need and the application form 

This ensures we have the correct scope for the project to provide the most accurate firm cost and timescale.

If you do not understand the terms of the certification requires or have not deigned the product to the Standards listed in the certification requires you should consider an Ex Certification Review.

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To do this you must be working with the OEMs approval and cooperation.

For the ATEX Certification label (with the code and certificate number on etc) it is mandatory that the manufacturers name and address be on the label.

For ATEX (and IECEx) the manufacturer is the person who has the QAN/QAR for the product (they are the responsible company f0or quality, even if the parts/product is bought in from another manufacturer)

You can duel label a product (ATEX/IECEx only control the certification label, not other labels applied to a product)

You cannot remove the certification label, or have a different manufacturer on the certification label (the manufacturer must have the Type |Approval Certificate and QAN/QAR)

If companies want to re-badge completely (remove the OEM) then normally get a certificate in their name (paperwork exercise as it’s based on their OEM certificated) and a QAN/QAR in their name (again, simple process as they are only ‘re-labelling’)

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ExVeritas are one of the largest CompEx Certification companies in the world. We have 3 fully equipment practical training centers (UK, Malta and Ireland) and can also deliver many of our courses at customer sites. Contact us for more information or view details here.

 

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

Yes, for a limited number of items

FREE Ex Inspection and Management Software

 

 

 

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

CMS- Certification Management System

CMS was created by ExVeritas to provide a project and certification management system for our clients. In addition, the system ensures compliance with accreditation and statutory requirements, minimising the possibility for errors whilst increasing the visibility of the certification process. In addition to ExVeritas administration, 2 user levels of access are permitted:
Client Log in: Clients of ExVeritas can log in to request quotes, track current quotes and projects and view reports and certificates. Clients can also request certificate concessions + variations on line.

Example Client Available Actions:

• Complete or approve application forms and quote requests.
• Track quote status and accept or decline quotes on line.
• View current project status, add tracked comments to project and upload tracked documents.
• Raise project change requests on-line to change the scope of the project whilst it is live.
• View certificates and request certificate concessions and variations to certificates on-line.
• Be informed of Quality Audit dates or track outstanding actions/non-compliances.

Create a free account

A full pdf help guide can be found here

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

The ‘Application Form’ is used as the contract review and the ‘Project Initiation Document’ (PID) and is therefore is one of the most critical documents for the project’s success. Many ‘Ex’ Certification projects go wrong at the application stage when customers often submit with partial or inaccurate requests for quotes (RFQ’s) that most Certification Bodies refer to as application forms (due to legal or accreditation requirements). It is imperative that both the customer and the Certification Body understand exactly what is required and how long it will take to deliver.

No certification quote should ever be issued without an application to define the scope, or the quote you receive may be misleading and inaccurate. ExVeritas have devised a system that makes collecting the required and critical quoting information simple, that information is then always reviewed to ensure what we deliver as a quote is accurate and deliverable based on our equipment and lead times.

CMS- Project & Certification Management.

CMS was created by ExVeritas to provide a project and certification management system for our clients. In addition, the system ensures compliance with accreditation and statutory requirements, minimising the possibility for errors whilst increasing the visibility of the certification process. In addition to ExVeritas administration, 2 user levels of access are permitted:
Client Log in: Clients of ExVeritas can log in to request quotes, track current quotes and projects and view reports and certificates. Clients can also request certificate concessions + variations on line. Example Client Available Actions:

• Complete or approve application forms and quote requests.
• Track quote status and accept or decline quotes on line.
• View current project status, add tracked comments to project and upload tracked documents.
• Raise project change requests on-line to change the scope of the project whilst it is live.
• View certificates and request certificate concessions and variations to certificates on-line.
• Be informed of Quality Audit dates or track outstanding actions/non-compliances.

A full pdf help guide can be found here

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

ATEX and IECEx Product Certificates do not expire, only the Quality (production) certificates may expire which would stop new products being pout on the market.  Once the equipment has been installed (put in use) it is not removed even if the manufacturing company stop production and no longer has a QAN/QAR.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

Once your CompEx Certificate expires a full re-examination is necessary (as on your full course). Training is not mandatory for any CompEx Competence Assessment (Certification), if you are confident you can just sit the exam….but you may find a lot has changed in 5 years!

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

There is a European-wide (and in some cases global) agreement that each country should have a single National Accreditation Body to oversee Certification Bodies such as ExVeritas. The UK’s only National Accreditation Body is the United Kingdom Accreditation Service who are supported by UK Government.

If you are seeking qualification for public sector tenders or tenders from large blue chip organisations (as is common in the oil and Gas industry or with utilities) then the expectation is that you should have an ISO certificate from a Certification Body which is accredited by UKAS.

Having a certificate issued by a UKAS accredited certifier is your guarantee that it will be recognised and respected by any procurement team or buyer worldwide.

More Information

Tag: ISO9001
Did you find this FAQ helpful?
3
0

CompEx Certification is an internationally recognised course and qualification in explosive atmospheres. It provides competency based assessment for personnel working in hazardous locations. Our courses consist of training and formal, practical and/or theoretical assessment. CompEx competency validation is most relevant and essential to people who are involved in the design, selection, installation, inspection and maintenance of equipment. Over 60,000 CompEx Core Competence Certificates have been issued to delegates world-wide making CompEx the words most widely accepted hazardous area competence qualification. ExVeritas is a licenced CompEx Training Centre (licence number 32, 32a in Ireland and 32b in Malta) and also an ATEX Notified Body and IECEx Certification Body. We have over 200 years Ex experience within our company including specialist instructors in many areas such as area classification, explosion risk assessment or intrinsic safety, this means we can answer all of your questions, all of the time. CompEx is applicable to anyone with responsibilities related to potentially explosive environments including:

EX F and EX F+ ATEX and DSEAR Overview
Ex01-Ex04 Electrical Inspection & Installation
Ex01-Ex04 Electrical Inspection & Installation Refresher
Ex05-Ex06 Electrical Inspection and Installation Dust Environments
Ex11 Mechanical
EX12 Electrical Designers and Project Engineers
EX 14 Responsible Person

More information can be found here

Tag: compex
Did you find this FAQ helpful?
1
0

Our DSEAR Gap Analysis was designed to give you a quick overview of all aspects of your safety and compliance with DSEAR and ATEX  . If you wish to proceed or alter the scope in any way we would ask you to go here http://cms.exveritas.com/public/quote/ enter your details and then press ’DSEAR Review’ and enter a little information as request on the site, we will get a formal quote out then in 24 hours or sooner.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
2
0

 

IECEx non-electrical and assembly certification is voluntary (unlike ATEX where it is a legal requirement) but may be required by Regulating Bodies such as the USCG.

IECEx assemblies or ‘Ex h’ non-electrical certification (other than unit verification) requires a Quality Audit of the Manufacturer to issue a Manufacturing licence (QAR).

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
0
0

 

All IECEx all Electrical Certification (other than unit verification) requires a Quality Audit of the Manufacturer to issue a Manufacturing licence (QAR). This is annual and is based on ISO9000 type Quality systems/audits and typically costs the same as ATEX or just a few hundred pounds if it is done at the same time as ATEX.

Unit Verification is also available, but this requires each unit to be inspected and listed by serial number on the certificate.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
1
0

For Zone 0 or Zone 1 (Category 1 and 2) electrical certification requires a ‘Quality Audit’ of the Manufacturer to issue a Manufacturing licence (ATEX Quality Module). This is annual and is based on ISO9000 type Quality systems/audits and typically costs around £2K if you have an accredited ISO9001 and are just building a few concepts.

If you don’t have an accredited ISO9001 or use many concepts it can cost more.

Unit Verification is also available, but this requires each unit to be inspected and listed by serial number on the certificate.

 

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
4
0

Typically, a certification project will be around £6-8K for Zone 2 and £8-12K GBP for Zone 0/1 and take around 8-12 weeks, but that is very ball-park. A complicated intrinsic safety project can cost 40K and take 6 months or more depending on the amount of analysis and testing required.

ATEX can be added for a small additional costs (unless there are substantial non-electrical elements that require additional work)

All quotes issued assume that the product is compliant, and re-testing or re-assessment may be charged additionally.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
2
0

Typically, a certification project will be around £6-8K for Zone 2 and £8-12K GBP for Zone 0/1 and take around 8-12 weeks, but that is very ball-park. A complicated intrinsic safety project can cost over 40K and take 6-12 months or more depending on the amount of analysis and testing required.

IECEx certification can be added for a small additional cost

Get a free firm quote by answering a few simple questions

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
6
1

The most important thing is the quote request is what zone/category and what ‘concept’ is the product designed to (for example, Ex d or Ex i.a.). If the product hasn’t been specifically designed to an ATEX Standard, If you have not designed your product to an ATEX or IEC Ex Standard ten you should consider starting with a design review 

It can save you a lot of time and money as there is little point starting a certification project if the product doesn’t comply with the Standards we will test and assess against.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
3
0

We would need quite a lot more information to provide an accurate quote and timescale, you can find information on what we need and the application form 

This ensures we have the correct scope for the project to provide the most accurate firm cost and timescale.

If you do not understand the terms of the certification requires or have not deigned the product to the Standards listed in the certification requires you should consider an Ex Certification Review.

Did you find this FAQ helpful?
5
0

To do this you must be working with the OEMs approval and cooperation.

For the ATEX Certification label (with the code and certificate number on etc) it is mandatory that the manufacturers name and address be on the label.

For ATEX (and IECEx) the manufacturer is the person who has the QAN/QAR for the product (they are the responsible company f0or quality, even if the parts/product is bought in from another manufacturer)

You can duel label a product (ATEX/IECEx only control the certification label, not other labels applied to a product)

You cannot remove the certification label, or have a different manufacturer on the certification label (the manufacturer must have the Type |Approval Certificate and QAN/QAR)

If companies want to re-badge completely (remove the OEM) then normally get a certificate in their name (paperwork exercise as it’s based on their OEM certificated) and a QAN/QAR in their name (again, simple process as they are only ‘re-labelling’)

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