Bureau Veritas in Cooperation with the NDT TC AB, Organized an Examination and Issued the Certificate according to EU Standard EN473 for Chinese NDT Personnel for the First Time

02/04/10



With the increasing of competitiveness and overseas expansion of "Made in China", there is an increasing demand on NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) personnel qualification as per internationally recognized standards. To meet the requirements of exporting multiple industrial products incl. boilers & pressure vessels, power & energy related products, heavy machinery and other raw materials to EU and other countries, Bureau Veritas in cooperation with the NDT TC AB, a Swedish recognized EU 3rd party of NDT personal training and qualification, organized a training & examination session for Chinese NDT personnel as per European standard EN473 for the first time at Bureau Veritas Shanghai Office in March. The examination covered 2 methods: Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and Magnetic Particle Test (MT). 17 persons from different industry sectors incl. nuclear power, wind power, petroleum and petrochemical, heavy machinery, and pressure vessel industry attended this training and examination.

 

Most trainees obtained EN473 NDT Level II or Level III Certificate recognized by EU after strict theoretical examination and practical examination. The certificates are valid for 5 years and covered a most extensive industrial sector of  IPI "pre and in-service facilities and structure inspection" (involving several processing methods such as welding, casting, and forging).

 

EN473 is a compulsory EU personal certification system for NDT operators. Having EN473 certificated NDT operators in factory are one of the pre-conditions to acquire some EU compulsory certifications such as CE marking on pressure equipments, construction products (PED/TPED/CPD) etc or rail welding system EN15085 certification. This requirement is also often listed in the international buyers' requirements to Chinese suppliers in global sourcing projects.

 

NDT TC AB is a Swedish NDT Training and Examination organization authorized by SWEDAC (Swedish authority) in accordance with ISO 17024, and also the location of FOP (Swedish Association of NDT) in Sweden. NDT TC AB is able to conduct Level II and Level III Personal Certification on NDT operators on UT/PT/MT/RT/ET/VT. BV-Fairweather Inspection & Consultants Co., Ltd., an affiliate of Bureau Veritas Group in China, has been authorized by AQSIQ(Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China) to conduct NDT services in China. From April 2010, Bureau Veritas will provide UT/PT/MT/RT/ET/VT EN473 Level II training and examination on regular basis in all cities or big enterprises in China to satisfy customers’ needs. From the second half of 2010, a regular EN473 Level III training and examinations is considered to be put into schedule.

 

 

For more information, please contact Mr Wan,

E-mail:ke.wan@cn.bureauveritas.com

 

 

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