International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

The IEC and IECEx, together with ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology), in conjunction with UNECE, are organizing the 2012 IECEx International Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 20-21 March 2012.


A great networking opportunity
The two-day event is a unique opportunity for industries in the region not only to get better acquainted with IECEx and find out how they can best benefit from the services the System provides, but also to get involved and form precious contacts and networks within the Ex community of experts.


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 GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) 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.


Get involved, participate in this exclusive event.


Practical information


regional concerns ESMA - Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology IECEx - IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres Hazardous Area International - HazardEx
First Day Programme

08:30 – 08:40

Opening address
Welcome to attendees

08:40 – 08:50

Address by Government Office

08:50 – 09:00

Introduction to ESMA – The organization's missions, activities and plans

09:00 – 09:55

Outline of current regulations and requirements governing equipment and service providers to Ex areas such as oil and gas installations in the GCC region

09:55 – 10:15

Coffee/Tea break

10:15 – 11:45

Address from the UNECE – Conclusions of their Global Study into regulations for the Ex field and presentation of the UNECE findings and publication of the new "Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere"

11:45 – 12:30

Introduction to the IECEx International Certification System and the three operational areas:

• IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme

• IECEx Certified Service Facilities Scheme

• IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence Scheme

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:45

Live demonstration of the IECEx "On-Line" Certificate System for the instant verification of IECEx certified equipment, certified service providers and certified competent persons

14:45 – 15:30

IECEx System – A user's perspective, why are the IECEx and its three Schemes covering equipment, services and personnel competence useful to oil and gas producers:

• Technical integrity and compliance

• User responsibilities

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee/Tea break

16:00 – 16:30

IEC International Standards update – Current status of International Standards covering Ex including the new IEC SC 31M Standards dedicated to "non-electrical" equipment and protective systems

16:30 – 17:00

Recap over Day 1 proceedings in light of GCC industry needs


Day 1 close


Dinner – All registered delegates are invited to a hosted dinner

Second Day Programme

08:30 - 09:15

Area classification – An explanation of the importance to correctly address the hazards and extent of these hazards prior to design and operation of any new plant along with the need to control and re-evaluate changes to existing plant and infrastructure.

09:15 – 10:30

Practical approach to Ex installations according to the requirements of IEC 60079-14 and the inspection requirements of IEC 60079-17.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee/Tea break

11:00 – 12:00

Repair and overhaul of Ex equipment – Explanation of IEC 60079-19 requirements and the IECEx process for assessing a repair workshop’s compliance with IEC 60079-19.

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence Scheme – A detailed explanation and presentation of what defines an Ex competent person and how to obtain an international IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence (CoPC).

14:00 – 14:30

IECEx Equipment Certification – A manufacturer's perspective of the process and why it is useful to gaining global market access

14:30 – 15:00

Overview of some national or regional Ex verification or approval systems, e.g. ATEX, and how use of IECEx facilitates such approvals in addition to providing international certification

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee/Tea break

15:30 – 16:30

Open Forum, to offer all attendees the opportunity to raise questions concerning Ex aspects and IECEx and to consider an industry position concerning Ex and IEC TC 31 Standards and IECEx.


Close + final remarks by ESMA