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1.These guidelines are intended to be a manual for all parties directly or indirectly affected by directive 94/9/EC commonly called the ATEX ("Atmospheres Explosibles") products directive. Readers' attention is drawn to the fact that this guide is intended only for facilitating the application of directive 94/9/EC and it is the text of the directive, which is legally binding. This document is not a legally binding interpretation of the directive. However, it represents a reference for ensuring consistent application of the directive by all those involved. The guidelines are intended to help ensure the free movement of products (1) in the European Union by agreement of these explanations and clarifications, reached by consensus among Member States' government experts and other parties concerned. The existence of these harmonised interpretations is expected to minimise the number of safeguard clause applications, at least those originating from divergent interpretations.

2. These guidelines have been prepared by the competent services of the Directorate General - Enterprise of the European Commission in collaboration with a group of government experts of Member States, representatives of European industry, European standardisation bodies and organisations entrusted with the technical tasks related to third party intervention in the conformity assessment procedures.

3 . Guidelines are publicly available, but they are not binding in the sense of legal acts adopted by the Community. The legally binding provisions are those transposing directive 94/9/EC.

4. All references to the CE marking and EC Declaration of conformity in this Guide relate only to the directive 94/9/EC. To place products falling under directive 94/9/EC on the market in the EU territory all other relevant legislation must be applied.lied.

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Authors: No Authors provided, European Commission
Bibliographic Reference: NB-33-00-582-EN-C (2001), pp.118. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation service of DG Enterprise FAX:+32-2-2966273
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0784-0
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