DGZfP-Proceedings BB 106 - CD
"PROCEDURES BETWEEN STANDARDS AND INDUSTRIAL NEEDS"
Since the first edition of EN 473 in 1993 Europe has got plenty of experiences with
third party certification of NDT personnel. EN 45013 was superseded by ISO 17024
in 2003, third edition of ISO 9712 was issued in 2005 and in 2007 the third edition
of EN 473 will be issued. This fast development demonstrates the ongoing process
of adaptation and improvements. Certification bodies are operating in the middle
between the requirements of the mentioned standards and the industrial needs. Tubes,
aircraft and rail industries still demand second party (employer based) certification
but in some countries no longer exclusively, on the other hand the European Pressure
Equipment Directive requires third party certification (independent from the employer).
From the very beginning most countries in the world were asking for only one
standard, covering qualification and certification of NDT personnel. More political
than technical problems prevent the affiliation of ISO 9712 and EN 473 up to now.
“Certification 2007” will promote dialogues between accreditation and certification
bodies to get better procedures for the certification of NDT personnel in the future.
This conference offers a platform for the discussion of new ideas and proposals
among all involved and interested parties to overcome still existing problems and
German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP e.V.)
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Kaps