ENIQ – the European Network for Inspection Qualification was established in the early 1990s by European nuclear utilities to manage inspection qualification (IQ) activities at a European level. The aim was to share inspection qualification expertise and resources and establish a common approach to inspection qualification. Membership of ENIQ subsequently expanded to include nuclear plant operators from former Soviet Union countries, national qualification bodies, plant manufacturers, service vendors and research institutions. ENIQ adopted a similar management structure to that used for the European PISC research programme and includes a Steering Committee, Reference Laboratory (EC/JRC) and various Task Groups.
An ENIQ qualification methodology was agreed, which provides a common framework for the conduct of qualification in a way which meets the needs of individual countries and their local nuclear regulatory requirements. This flexibility allows for the separate or combined qualification of inspection procedure, equipment and personnel based on practical trials on representative test specimens and written technical justification. The ENIQ methodology was subsequently adapted to meet the needs of non-nuclear industry and this is published as a CEN Public Document: PD CEN/TR 14748:2004 – Non-destructive testing. Methodology for qualification of non-destructive tests.

ENIQ has produced a set of guideline documents to assist in the implementation of all the important aspects associated with the setting up and operation of an inspection qualification programme.

For more information on ENIQ (methodology and documents, including qualification guidelines and those related to risk-informed ISI activities) see:

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