Croatia to host IECEx event

Save the date for the IECEx International Conference in Split

In just six years, the IECEx international conferences have made their mark and have become must-attend events on the annual conference circuit for the Ex industry sector. After Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2014, Gdańsk, Poland, in 2015 and Shanghai, China, in 2017, the city of Split, in Croatia, will host the fifth IECEx International Conference on 23 April 2018, so make sure to save the date in your calendar!

Split, Croatia
Split will host the fifth IECEx International Conference on 23 April 2018

Honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia

Jointly organized by IEC and IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, together with the Croatian Standards Institute (HZN) and in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the conference – Safety of Equipment, Services and Personnel in Explosive Atmospheres – is  a unique opportunity for industries in the region and from around the world to become better acquainted with IECEx and find out how they can best benefit from the services the System provides, and also to get involved and form precious contacts and networks within the Ex community of experts. 

The conference is placed under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts and of Fiditas.

World experts share experience and knowledge

The conference will bring together experts from all over the world, involved in international standardization, equipment manufacturing, inspection, repair and overhaul of Ex equipment and systems, and the assessment and certification of personnel competence. Issues concerning requirements and regulations in the region will also be covered. 

Through their presentations and direct contact with participants, these experts will be able to share their experience and detailed knowledge on all matters pertaining to the Ex field, such as plant design, principles and practical applications of area classification, installation and repair in compliance to IEC International Standards. 

They will answer questions, provide advice and give valuable information to anyone involved in the Ex sector. 

What is on the programme?

The day will start with an introduction to the IECEx System and its Schemes, followed by a focus on specific topics such as area classification, a practical approach to Ex installations according to the requirements of IEC International Standards in the IEC 60079 series, assembly certification for explosive dust atmospheres and an overview of some national or regional Ex verification or approval systems. 

Also on the agenda are more in-depth presentations of the three IECEx Schemes:

  • IECEx Certified Equipment
  • IECEx Certified Service Facilities
  • IECEx Certified Persons 

UNECE best practices

As part of the conference agenda, UNECE will discuss the conclusions and findings of their global study into regulations for the Ex field, presented in the Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere. The publication is based on and encompasses international best practice and international standards, and in particular standards from IEC Technical Committee (TC) 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres. It also formally endorses IECEx as the recommended global best practice model for verifying conformity to international standards. 

Feedback is important

A presentation on end-user feedback covering industry needs concerning day-to-day operations – in equipment procurement, installation, maintenance and repair, and competence of people – will be followed by an open forum where attendees can raise questions concerning IECEx and various Ex issues. 

Get involved, participate!

Do not miss the opportunity to listen and talk to leading experts who may give you a new take on issues pertaining to explosive atmospheres. And think twice before saying it is of no concern to you. The Ex industry is not just about oil and gas. The risk of fire or explosion exists in a variety of other sectors, such as transportation – including aerospace – furniture manufacturing, automotive manufacturing and repair, pharmaceuticals, food processing, grain handling and storage, sugar refineries and coal mining. 

Register now to gain invaluable knowledge and a new perspective on safety issues in Ex environments! 

Practical information

Admission to the conference is FREE of Charge. 

The conference will be held in Split, Croatia on 23 April 2018. 

For registration and details on the event, please visit the official conference site at:

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