Applus+ Laboratories appointed as a UK Approved Body for Ex products

Our UK-based subsidiary, Applus+ 3C Test, has been appointed as an Approved Body for UKCA marking of equipment and protective systems intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (UKEX). Working in a seamless manner with our certification bodies in the EU and North America (QPS Evaluation Services), Applus+ 3C Test will be able to provide a global market access for all types of EX products.

UKCA marking mandatory from the start of 2023 

After a year-long extension period, UKCA marking will replace CE marking, effective January 1, 2023. It will be a mandatory requirement for most products, including those intended for use in potentially explosives atmospheres, known as Ex or ATEX in Europe and Hazardous Location (Haz Loc) in North America.

Applus+ Laboratories appointed to provide conformity assessment of Ex products for the global market 

Applus+ Laboratories is uniquely positioned to certify Ex products for sale in the EU, the UK, North America, and elsewhere in the world.

  • For the EU market: our subsidiaries (QPS Europe in the Netherlands, and QPS Evaluation Services in Toronto, Canada) are accredited as an ATEX Notified Body. As such they can issue Type Certificates and QAN documents in accordance with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.
  • For the UK market: Applus+ 3C Test in the UK can issue Type Certificates and QAN to meet UKEX regulations.
  • For North America: QPS Evaluation Services in Toronto can test and certify Ex products to the applicable Canadian and US national Haz Loc standards. Certified products will bear the accredited QPS Certification Mark, which is recognized in both countries.
  • For the global market: QPS Evaluation Services in Toronto is accredited in the international IECEx Scheme as a Certification Body (ExCB) and a test lab (ExTL). As such, QPS can test Ex products to the applicable IEC standard and issue IECEx Test Reports and Certificates which are recognized in over 50 countries around the world.

To learn more about our ATEX, UKEX, IECEx and North American certification services please contact us at:

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