Testing / certifications in accordance
with Directive 94/9/EC

22.10.2015

Applicable until 19/04/2016

  • Since 20th April 2016 the testing / certifications are carried out according to Directive 2014/34/EU because the Directive 2014/34/EU has superseded the Directive 94/9/EC

Since 1997, the IBExU Institut für Sicherheitstechnik GmbH has been an appointed / approved European centre in accordance with Directive 94/9/EC and is thus authorised to carry out corresponding conformity assessment procedures. In addition, the test laboratory as well as the certification centre have been accredited by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS).

Conformity assessment procedures consist of a test with subsequent evaluation and, in the case of a positive result, a certification. Differentiation is made between conformity assessment procedures on products (step 1) and quality assurance systems (step 2). As a rule, products which are subject to the Directive 94/9/EC may only be brought onto the European market after the implementation of steps 1 and 2.

The selection of conformity assessment procedure to be used is defined by the respective product and is elucidated in chapter II of the Directive 94/9/EC.

Conformity assessment procedures on products (step 1)

In the case of products, differentiation is in principle made between equipment, safety systems and components. Conformity assessment procedures on products are as a rule carried out in accordance with Annex III of the Directive 94/9/EC (EC type approval test).

In individual cases, with equipment or safety systems the conformity assessment procedure in accordance with Annex IX of the Directive 94/9/EC (Individual testing) can also be carried out. In this regard, step 2 – the conformity assessment procedure for the quality assurance system – is dispensed with.

Conformity assessment procedures on quality assurance systems (step 2)

The EC type approval test certificates issued in step 1 in accordance with Annex III of the Directive 94/9/EC form the basis for the implementation of conformity assessment procedures on quality assurance systems. These are carried out as a rule in accordance with Annex IV (Quality assurance: production) or Annex VII (Quality assurance: product) of the Directive 94/9/EC.

Bringing products onto the market – obligations of the manufacturer

Where the EC type approval test certificate exists for a piece of equipment or safety system together with the valid certificate for the quality assurance system in the appropriate area of application then the manufacturer issues the corresponding EC Declaration of Conformity for the piece of equipment or safety system and affixes to each piece of equipment or safety system the CE mark including the EU ID number of the appointed / approved centre which carried out the conformity assessment procedure on the quality assurance system (step 2). The same applies to equipment or safety systems which have been subjected to individual testing in accordance with Annex IX of the Directive 94/9/EC.

Where the EC type approval test certificate exists for a component together with the valid certificate for the quality assurance system in the appropriate area of application then the manufacturer issues the corresponding certificate of conformity for the component and affixes to each component the EU ID number of the appointed / approved centre which carried out the conformity assessment procedure on the quality assurance system (step 2).

In the case of equipment which is not subject to testing in accordance with Annex III of the Directive 94/9/EC then Annex VIII of the Directive 94/9/EC (Internal production control) is to be applied. In this regard, for equipment in accordance with Chapter II, Article 8, Clause (1) b) ii) the lodging of the documentation with an appointed / approved centre is necessary.