What does CCoE stand for?

CCoE s the abbreviation for “Chief Controller of Explosives”, which is the title of the director(s) (on every level) within the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation. PESO was established in 1898 as the “Department of Explosives” with the “Chief Controller of Explosives” (CCoE) in charge of ensuring the safety of all hazardous installations in the country and administrating the general management all inflammable substances and explosives. In 2010 it was renamed into PESO and given broader responsibilities, including the certification of products for use in hazardous or explosive atmospheres. PESO has offices throughout India and the formal title of “Chief Controller of Explosives” (CCoE) is still given to the auditors that sign off on any licenses and certificates, which is why the PESO certification is also commonly known as the “CCoE Certification”.

Which product groups are covered by PESO certification?

You can find a detailed list under PESO and you can also search directly for the appropriate certification for your product under Find Your Product. In summary, the following product groups are certified with PESO:

  • Explosives vans, Portable Explosives Magazines, Bulk mixing and Delivery vehicle for site manufacture of explosives, vehicles for transport of compressed gases in pressure vessels and petroleum tank lorries.
  • Petroleum Refineries, Petrochemical Units, Calcium Carbide Factories and Acetylene Gas Generating Plants
  • Petroleum Pipelines.
  • Pressure Vessels and their fittings.
  • Gas Cylinders and valves fitted thereto.
  • flameproof, intrinsically safe and special electrical equipment suitable for use in hazardous areas laden with flammable gases/vapours.
  • factories fabricating pressure vessels and its fittings, gas cylinders’ valves, LPG regulators and petroleum tank truck & its fittings.
  • petroleum tanks in sea going vessels for issuing gas free certificates for allowing hot work, entry of man in such tanks and entry of such vessels in docks.
  • explosives
  • gas cylinders & pressure vessels.
  • Examination/testing of explosives/hazardous substances for classification of hazard.

For foreign manufacturers it is however only possible to obtain PESO certification if they have ATEX or IECEx certificates and test reports. Likewise, any product not listed above, which however is ATEX or IECEx certified, needs to get PESO certification, if the product will be used in a hazardous environment.

How to obtain PESO certification?

PESO certification is purely a documentation check, so at first glance it might seem simple. Really there are only two steps:

  1. Submission of documents
  2. Obtain certificate

However, please note that the list of required documents is generally quite long and different from case to case depending on the circumstances of application, and the requirements on each document are very specific. Please find an overview over required documents below:

  • Manufacturer related documentation, official documents and others (such as profile, location etc.)
  • Product related information, descriptions, technical documentation, production details
  • Indian representative documentation (can be provided by us)
  • Order from the Indian client, references, financial performance of said product, and other commercial information
  • Information on where the product is going to be used in India
  • Copies of test certificate of equipment tested in compliance to harmonized International Standard under ATEX or IEC Ex Scheme along with copy of the Test Report with approved drawing, if any, from a Notified Test House under said scheme with latest supplements indicating markings assigned and applicable temperature category like – T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, duly countersigned by the manufacturer in original
  • Copy of latest Certificate of Conformity issued by a Notified Test House under IEC Ex Scheme in respect of the same equipment duly countersigned by OEM in original
  • Copy of Quality Assurance Notification in respect of manufacturing unit for each equipment concerned issued by an Accredited Certification Body under ATEX or IEC Ex Scheme
  • If the approval sought for any system where a number of electrical components are used, separate test certificate and test report is to be submitted for each component. Approval will be issued to each components used in the system
  • Several individually customized documents duly countersigned and stamped by the manufacturer.