We invite you to the international IECEx conference on explosion protection

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of systematic testing and certification of Ex equipment in Croatia, we invite all interested parties to the international IECEx / UNECE conference organized in collaboration with the Croatian Institute for Standardization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx). The conference will take place on March 14 and 15 at Le Meridien Lav Hotel in Podstrana near Split.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, interested participants can register for free through this link.

At the same location, from March 18 to March 29, 2024, as a continuation of the mentioned conference, daily meetings will be held for 6 different working groups, project teams, and standard maintenance teams of the international IEC Technical Committee 31 with its subcommittees. The focus will remain on the topic of explosion protection in explosive atmospheres in the industry.

We are particularly delighted that the Republic of Croatia has been chosen as the venue for this important event in 2024. This choice fills us with a special sense of pride and satisfaction, especially considering that our geographically small country is holding the international secretariat of IEC Subcommittee 31J in Zagreb since 1981.

IECEx certification, although not legally required in most member countries and relying on the goodwill of the client, becomes a significant factor in business because IECEx certificates guarantee the quality and reliability of a certified product or service. Experiences from the past 25 years, supported by the UN and major global companies in the energy, mining, chemical, pharmaceutical, shipbuilding, wood processing, cement, food and many other industries, lead to the conclusion that the influence of IECEx will continue to grow in the future.

Due to all the aforementioned reasons, we anticipate significant interest from Croatian business representatives, and members of the academic community in the field of technology, regulatory bodies, and market surveillance services. This conference provides an opportunity for participants to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries worldwide. We express special gratitude for the noticeable positive impact of the efforts of national associations, ministries, and individuals in Croatia in promoting the significance and encouraging the development of quality infrastructure institutions (Sector for Explosive Atmospheres at Directorate of Civil Protection of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian accreditation agency, Croatian Standards Institute, and Croatian Institute of Metrology) and conformity assessment bodies.

We believe that you will recognize the positive idea of this gathering and the role of international standardization in promoting safety at workplaces exposed to explosive atmospheres, international trade, and removing barriers to the free trade of products and services. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!


Ex Products Certification and Testing

Fiditas is IECEx Certification Body and IECEx Testing Laboratory for Ex equipment, EU Notified Body No. 2829, one of only two internationally recognized certification bodies in the world fully dedicated to explosion safety, which satisfied strict criteria and demonstrated competence and full compliance by international accreditations for certification of products against requirements of 2014/34/EU (ATEX), 2014/28/EU (civil explosives), 2013/29/EU (pyrotechnic articles) and IECEx Equipment Scheme.

Fiditas is official IECEx Member Body for Croatia and is managing the work of international standardization Secretariat of IEC SC 31J, the most important part of IEC for international standardization in the field of explosion safety from end-user’s perspective.

United States Coast Guard accepted Fiditas as an independent laboratory for electrical equipment for hazardous locations. Fiditas is recognized to certify electrical equipment for hazardous locations as set forth in Title 46 CFR Subparts 111.105, 111.106 and 111.108. USCG recognizes Fiditas certifications to the following standards: IEC 60079-0, IEC 60079-1, IEC 60079-2, IEC 60079-5, IEC 60079-6, IEC 60079-7, IEC 60079-11, IEC 60079-15, IEC 60079-18 and IEC 60079-25. Fiditas status is visible in USCG database http://cgmix.uscg.mil

Fiditas partnered with Nanyang Explosion Protected Electrical Apparatus Research Institute (CNEx) to support manufacturers of Ex equipment seeking China Compulsory Certification (CCC) approval before their products can be marketed, imported, or used for any commercial purposes in China. Fiditas experts are officially approved by China Certification and Accreditation Association (CCAA) as CCC Ex Inspectors.

Many are not aware of the fact that Institute for explosion safety named S-Komisija was established in 1949 with headquarters in Zagreb, following two tragic explosion disasters in coal mine located in the city of Raša in peninsula Istria at that time. In 2002 former S-Komisija was renamed to Ex-Agencija (Ex-Agency) and existed as EU Notified Body and IECEx ExCB with ExTL until January 2019, when it ceased its certification activities. In the same year Fiditas took over the responsibility for the continuing maintenance of certificates previously issued by Ex-Agencija. Our experienced staff started career in S-Komisija and Ex-Agencija in 1990’s and 2000’s. Today, Fiditas – Explosion Safety Solutions continues with the development in this sensitive field through conformity assessment (third party certification) of Ex products, comprehensive lab testing, hazardous area classification, explosion risk assessment and training. Since 2016 Fiditas successfully served clients from Iceland, Belarus, Sweden, Norway, USA, China, Ukraine, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Singapore, South Korea, France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Australia, Spain, Austria, Greece, Malaysia, Japan, Belgium, South Africa, Canada, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom and Croatia who recognized the value of our services.

Our active participation in preparation of IEC 60079 and ISO/IEC 80079 series of standards and development of IECEx System allows us to apply latest achievements when creating tailored solutions for client’s specific needs in managing explosion risks.

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