Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX)
From 1 July 2003, devices and protective systems sold for use in hazardous areas with explosive atmospheres must be approved in accordance with the EU Directive 94/9/EC.
This Directive harmonises the various requirements formerly applicable within the EU with the aim of achieving a uniform level of safety and removing barriers to trade.
Directive 94/9/EC also supplements earlier directives. One particular innovation of the directive is that non-electrical devices such as pneumatic drives now also have to be approved.
Today, you will be able to choose from 7,700 Festo products which are certified for the various explosion-protection categories. More will follow. We are working on this with maximum effort.
Products approved under directive 94/9/EC
You can access an overview of the approved products via
Features selection in the catalogue:
Under "Explosion prevention and protection", select the desired ATEX zone. The search results will show you the approved products.
Please note that this approval is also dependent on the configuration of the product.
Devices not requiring approval for use in potentially explosive atmospheres: