The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted proactive market surveillance of Glamox and the regulatory compliance of their sales of ATEX products. The surveillance was conducted on 17 and 18 January 2022.
The objective of market surveillance is to monitor products covered by harmonised goods rules to ensure that only products that comply with applicable regulations are sold in the internal EU/EEA market.
The objective of the surveillance of Glamox was to investigate how the company complies with the requirements in the Regulations relating to equipment and safety systems in hazardous areas (FUSEX) for ATEX products placed on the market.
The surveillance identified one non-conformity concerning the manufacturer’s obligations. We also observed one improvement point. This concerned the manufacturer’s obligations in the event of the identification of a product defect.
What happens now?
We have asked Glamox to report by 24 February 2022 on how the non-conformity will be addressed, and for their assessment of the improvement point observed.
Market surveillance is an obligation incumbent on the national authorities to monitor products that are marketed in Norway. Market surveillance is performed by proactive or reactive market inspections that entail checking that products meet applicable safety requirements.
The regulations on market surveillance and product compliance have been incorporated into Norwegian law by means of the EEA Goods Act.
The PSA is the market surveillance authority responsible for the regulations that implement harmonised product directives, notably the Machinery Directive, the Pressure Equipment Directive and the ATEX Directive (equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres). The Directives also apply to products for use in petroleum activities within the EEA, i.e. in principle, activities at onshore facilities and on fixed facilities offshore.
Proactive market surveillance is a planned approach in which we investigate whether products placed on the market comply with product regulations. Reactive market surveillance is performed primarily in response to incidents or suspicions that products do not meet the legal requirements.