18 Oct

A strategic overview of Non-Destructive Testing according to the European Federation of NDT

Roger Lyon

The current structure for the International Committee for NDT and the Regional groups which include the European Federation of NDT established in the 1990s is presented. EFNDT has proposed a reorganisation of the ICNDT/Regional Federations, with clearer definitions as to what is to be done at each level and stronger coordination. In order to promote fairness and safety in Europe, it is essential that each EFNDT Member society makes a commitment to uphold and promote the principles of the EFNDT Code of Ethics and in doing so, we will create a greater level of trust and confidence, and a positive perception of the non-destructive testing profession. EFNDT is currently managed by a President, Vice President and eight other Board of Directors who are democratically elected at the EFNDT General Assembly. It is essential however, that the Board of Directors and the other 22 member societies and 7 associate members communicate effectively in order to develop a harmonised approach to the provision of NDT products and services. In terms of normalisation, EFNDT’s key process is the Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MRA), which promotes harmonisation of the personnel. Certification schemes operated by Certification Bodies and nominated by the national NDT societies facilitate worldwide recognition and acceptance of certificates of competence. Cooperation of NDT Companies across European countries will promote global harmonisation and will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills to mutual benefit. Education and training are also key components of international cooperation and harmonisation; EFNDT are currently considering creating documents about the requirements for training centres and defining the levels of excellence. The United Kingdom has undergone a transformation in terms of delivering Apprenticeships, in particular NDT Apprenticeships. EFNDT are considering the possibility of a European apprenticeship scheme framework for NDT. The NDT personnel in Europe have a responsibility to promote NDT as a key Engineering skill which helps to reduce risk, operate safely and save lives.

Roger Lyon, A strategic overview of Non-Destructive Testing according to the European Federation of NDT