How may I obtain information on electrical codes for Europe and Asia? We build process analyzer shelters for hazardous locations and exploring the possibility of shipping to these continents in the near future.
Most are built around the IEC standards - International Electrotechnical Commission. Available for purchase multiple locations. A lot of Asia use some form of the IEC standards, but may be different slightly different. Example Australia and New Zealand use a modified version; Russia is similar but different in wire colors and some other details.
From an installation perspective, a process analyzer shelter would use IEC 60079-14 (installations). There was an older standard that dealt with the ventilation design IEC/TR 60079-13 of analyzer shelters, but it is now likely to be included in IEC60070-13 (which is undergoing revisions). For the most part the installation document is used in all locations outside of North America, although as Stephen noted there can be additional rules or requirements for specific countries. For example, in Europe the facility will need to meet the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, which covers equipment and protective systems, and requires applying EN 13463-1 for non-electrical (the IEC is still working on non-electrical standards).
If you use products with an IECEx Certificate of Compliance (CoC) and IEC 60079-14 the regional differences are fairly easy to overcome. Europe will require an ATEX EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) (formerly an EC DoC) which include applying EN 13463-1.
An IECEx CoC can be used to obtain an EU DoC; the reverse is not the case. The IECEx CoC is accepted "as is" in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and by the USCG, ATEX is not accepted.
Additional certifications/approvals/requirements beyond the IECEx CoC are required by many other countries which vary from "quite simple" to "challenging" and/or "costly".
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