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What is PESO?

What is the PESO certification for India?

The PESO certification or more precisely Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation of India registration describes the mandatory approval program for the oil and gas industry or machines that work with gases, are used in the oil industry, or that have to withstand very corrosive environments.


Which products are covered by PESO?

A detailed list of products needing certification can be found here. While the name of this certification already gives away a large range of products that are being fall under it, there are other less obvious product categories that also require PESO. For example, electrical equipment that needs to withstand highly corrosive saltwater or very hot environments, fall under it.

Generally, one can follow a very simple principle: All products that need either IECEx or ATEX certification also need PESO.


What does CCOE stand for?

The PESO certification was previously called the Chief Controller of Explosives (CCOE) examination and is based on the Explosives Act of 1884 and the Petroleum Act of 1934 and all related legislation thereafter, in particular the Explosives Rules of 2008 and the Petroleum Rules of 2002 (for a detailed list, click here). With the aim of simplifying administration and specialisation, the original Department of Explosives (with head office in Nagpur and the CCoE at the top) was transformed into the current Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation since 2010. The CCoE is still at the top, but is now called the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

Nevertheless, the term CCoE is still quite common and known by customers, whereas PESO is somewhat less known.


Is PESO certification mandatory

Generally speaking, all products that have IECEx or ATEX certification, also need PESO. Please be aware, however, that due to the generally more dangerous nature of the products that fall under PESO, higher diligence is also required by the companies that want to have their products certified. For example, past and expected future sales numbers could be requested, or other related commercial information such as existing clients or client reviews.



4 steps to the PESO certificate


How does the certification process work?

In most cases, existing up-to-date ATEX or IECEx certificates and their test reports are accepted. Certification is thus limited to a purely administrative process of document verification. Please be aware, however, that, just like in most other Indian certifications, you will need a local Indian applicant (Authorized Indian Representative). This representative needs to be technically qualified and also trained in the specific product.

In more complex cases, however, on-site acceptance and possibly even tests in India may still be required. In any case, the documents must be up to date with the latest standards and preferably not older than 2 years. A local Indian representative must also be nominated for certification, as only this representative can carry out the application.

For more information about the certification process in general, please read our page PESO certification process.

After a certificate has been issued, proper change management is crucial to maintain its warranty. Read more on this topic on our article about PESO change management.


Where can I learn more?

Are you interested in product certification for the Indian oil and gas market? Then please do not hesitate to contact us:

Here you will find further information on our PESO full service package.

We would be pleased to support you with PESO certification and are also available to answer your questions at any time. Send us an email or call us at +49-69-2713769261.

We will be happy to support you.


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