Audits in Ex field - EN 13980, OD 005 and EN ISO/CEI 80079-34

Quality audits and ATEX / IECEX – end of EN13980 and new EN ISO/CEI 80079-34 and OD 005

Documents in connection with the audits of manufacturing plants in the field of ATEX and IECEx are the following documents:
  • The ATEX Directive 94/9/EC
  • EN 13980
  • EN ISO / IEC 80079-34
  • Document IECEx: OD 005

In order to put on the market ATEX products in accordance with the requirements of ATEX 94/9/EC directive and / or IECEx rules, manufacturer must have a quality notification of the manufacturing site where products are manufactured.


For ATEX 94/9/EC directive which requires a  mandatory certification in Europe depending of the category of products, this notification of the quality system is based on a positive results of an audit done by a notified body according the requirements of :

  • Annex IV and Annex VII item 4 to 8 of ATEX 94/9/EC directive, 
  •  and of the requirements of 2 standards :
    • EN 13980:2002 which is no longer a harmonized standard since 25/05/2014 (see list of harmonized standards)
    • EN ISO/CEI 80079-34 : 2011 – this standard replaces EN 13980:2002 standard.

EN 13980:2002 was based on ISO 9001:2000 standard, and must be read with EN ISO 9001:2000.

EN ISO/CEI 80079-34 : 2011 is based on ISO 9001:2008 standard, and must also be read with EN ISO 9001:2008.

Significant changes of   EN ISO / IEC 80079-34: 2011 standard compared to EN 13980:2002 standard are:
  • references have been modified, particularly references to CEN / CENELEC publications and have been replaced by references to international publications available;
  • foreword and scope have been adapted to international requirements;
  • terminology has been modified and adapted to a more consistent international standardization terminology (eg, "notified body" was replaced by "responsible for auditing body");
  • information about specific modes of protection have been amended as follows
    • Ext - Protection by enclosure against dust ignition
    • gas detectors and
    • flamme arrester;
  • B.3 has been modified;
  • information concerning equipment and protective systems in accordance with harmonized standards according to Directive 94/9/EC are given in Annex ZB.

For the voluntary IECEx certification , the notification of the quality system is based on positive audited by a "certification body" according the requirements of :