World’s First IECEx Repair Scheme Certificate Issued
Jun 18 2008
UK Notified Body Sira has become the first certification body in the world to issue an IECEx Certificate of Conformity for Service Facilities for the repair and overhaul of hazardous area equipment.
The certificate, awarded to MARC (Thailand) Co Limited, is the first of its kind under the IECEx Service Facility Scheme, of which Sira was also the first organisation to be officially recognised as an Approved IECEx Certification Body. Chris Agius, IECEx Secretary, stated, “With the introduction of the IECEx Certified Service Facility Program in 2007, the IECEx and I am pleased to announce the first certificate for this program has been issued by Sira to MARC (Thailand) Co. Limited. I wish to congratulate both Sira and MARC on their achievement. The scheme covers the repair and overhaul of equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres, providing both OEMs and end-users with the confidence that repair workshops work in accordance with strict technical and quality system requirements laid down within an international (IEC) framework.
Working to IEC 60079-19 (and IECEx scheme documents OD/014 and 015), the service facility is assessed to ensure that the essential aspects of the quality management system procedures, the working environment, staff competence, repair methodologies and calibration of test and measurement equipment are satisfactorily operated and maintained. The end result is the issue of an IECEx Certificate of Conformity, demonstrating that the service facility can carry out repair and overhaul of equipment in accordance with the requirements of the published standards.
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