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Publication: 5th International Conference on Certification and Standardization in NDT - Sept 2007 - Berlin (Certification 2007)
Preface of the Certification 2007 ConferenceUlrich Kaps6
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfung (DGZfP)163, Berlin, Germany
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 EN 45013 was superseded by ISO 17024 in 2003, third edition of ISO 9712 was issued in 2005 and in 2007 the third edition of EN 473 will be issued.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 differences.
German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP e.V.)