CERTIFICATION SERVICES DIVISION
WITHDRAWAL OF EN 473
Transition between EN 473:2008, ISO 9712:2005 and EN ISO 9712:2012
Certification according to EN 473:2008 and/or ISO 9712:2005, awarded before publication of EN ISO 9712:2012, remains valid until the next mandatory step in the certification process, i.e. renewal or recertification, which shall be carried out according to this International Standard.
Certification according to this International Standard, is considered as fulfilling the requirements of both EN 473:2008 and ISO 9712:2005; consequently, any requirement for certification to either of these standards is fulfilled by a certification according to this International Standard.
PCN Qualifications that DO NOT comply with EN ISO 9712 or the recently withdrawn EN 473
PCN Certificate holders are required to note that Welding Inspection examinations do not comply with EN ISO 9712/EN 473 as it is not stated in the standard as a recognised method.
Plate Normal Beam certificate holders are require to note that it does not comply with EN ISO 9712/EN473 but does comply with ISO 20807.
Certificates will show that these methods are not compliant with these standards.
Ultrasonic Weld Testing
Change to Ultrasonic Weld Testing certification.
At the recent CMC meeting one of the agenda items was the validity of a certified Ultrasonic Weld Tester for the purpose of checking parent plate material for laminations and inclusions.
Currently certification for weld testing does not indicate that the certificate holder is qualified to test parent material for laminations and inclusions and some clients have been asking for a separate qualification 'p' as issued to those candidates successful in the ISO 20807 qualification examination.
The PCN appendix C1 is being revised to reflect this along with internal procedures to allow the database to accommodate the printing of the certificates and updating the electronic records.
This does not allow the certificate holder to check wrought products such as bar, billet and general forgings or castings. PCN is reviewing the appendix covering the Ultrasonic Testing of material subjected to in-service degradation and it is expected that there will be certification available for this in the near future.
The rationale behind this decision relates to the following. To test a weld parent material needs to be scanned to check for laminations and inclusions to ensure that the angle probe scanning is not affected by such flaws. Weld configurations such as Tee, Nozzle and Node can ben susceptible to lamellar tearing and it is expected that a UT weld inspection would locate such flaws. Part of the initial UT weld testing qualification requires the candidate to perform a check for laminations and inclusions on a parent plate sample in the preliminary exercises.
Candidates successful in Group 3.8 (Nozzles) are exempt Group 3.7 (T joints) and this will be awarded automatically.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Withdrawal of Accreditation for Activities in Iran
BIS and FCO have requested that, given the breadth and reach of UK and EU sanctions against Iran and the UK's policy on discouraging trade with Iran, UKAS ceases to provide UKAS accreditation for any conformity assessment activity that takes place in Iran for Iranian based companies. This directly affects BINDT because we are a UKAS accredited organisation.
Although BINDT does not currently have any examination or training centres based in Iran, we do have iranian nationals that hold PCN individual certification*. For those individuals, we are making enquiries into this notice regarding your individual certification and will advise further. I also urge you to contact me email@example.com with your contact details should we need to advise you of any issues with certification.
In the meantime, please do not carry out any training or examinations in Iran or for Iranian nationals until we have clarification from UKAS.
If you have any general enquiries concerning trade with Iran please refer to the UKTI website: http://www.ukti.gov.uk/export/countries/asiapacific/middleeast/iran.html. Alternatively, you can contact me directly and I will endeavour to to answer any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be updating this page regularly with any updates, please use the following link: www.bindt.org/certification/PCN_News
*examinations and training not gained in Iran.
Lost or Stolen Certificates:
PCN number 310760, Certificate number Issue 4
PCN number 311615, Certificate number Issue 3
If found, please send direct to the Certification Services Division.
Due to forgery of a PCN certificate the following candidate has had their certificate revoked and has been banned from attempting any PCN examination for a period of 12 months from November 2012.
NAME: Mario FX Nongsina, PCN no. 303399
All employers, agencies and users of NDT personnel are reminded to seek verification of PCN certification on-line at http://www.bindt.org/Certification/PCN_Certification_Verification.
New PCN ATO/AQB & Extensions to scope:
There have been no applications for new AQBs and ATOs.
ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems:
The British Institute of NDT is accredited against ISO/IEC 17021 criteria to provide Quality Management Systems certification to the BS EN ISO 9000 series of standards. Any Companies who wish to have their quality management system certified by BINDT should contact Nicole Scutt, email email@example.com
PCN Staff News
Peter Milligan has now left BINDT. Any queries for Peter should now be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org (Certification Manager) and/or email@example.com (PCN Scheme Manager).
CSD Staff member Chloe Lawlor is pleased to announce she is expecting her second baby in May...