Main Committees


The Institute has a number of groups that meet the specific needs of members with particular interests.

Figure 1 shows some of the groups that exist at the time of writing. Further groups may be established as topics arise.

Current Main Committees include:

Membership of all groups is open to members (and in some cases non-members) at no additional charge. Group members benefit from discussion of current topics of interest or controversy and from the interchange of views between individuals all sharing a specific common interest. As a group, they can influence affairs that they couldn’t as individuals.

For further information, contact Cindy Bailey at the Secretariat (

Certification Management Committee The Certification Management Committee is responsible for assisting the Institute in developing policies relating to the impartiality of its certification activities and to counteract any tendency to allow commercial or other considerations to prevent the consistent objective provision of certification activities. The committee will also advise on matters that may be affecting confidence in certification,
including openness and public perception. At least once annually, the committee will conduct a review of the impartiality of the audit, certification and related decision-making processes of the Institute.

The following additional tasks have been assigned to the Certification Management Committee, provided these additional tasks or duties do not compromise its essential role of ensuring impartiality:
  • Managing the Institute’s certification activities
  • Maintaining records and recommending budgets for certification activities
  • Liaising with test centres and training bodies
  • Recommending certification fees and levies
  • Liaising with appropriate national and international bodies on certification matters
  • Maintaining relevant accreditation for the Institute’s certification activities
  • Liaising with external accreditation bodies
  • Auditing of test centres
  • Maintaining an effective quality management system and compliance with essential requirements for certification bodies
  • Proposing and managing certification initiatives
  • Establishing sub-groups where appropriate.

Croxson Committee The Croxson Committee is concerned with all matters relating to the awards and recognition proposition. The Croxson Committee exists to formulate a vision for Institute awards and recognition and will oversee the development of a strategy for realising this vision.

In particular, the committee will:
  • Oversee the execution of the strategy
  • Oversee the operation of initiatives
  • Base its decisions on the best available advice and will operate with impartiality.

Membership, Qualification and Education (MQ&E) The Membership, Qualification and Education Committee (MQ&E) must be representative of the three sections of the Engineering Council’s Register and will invariably include no less than eight Engineering Council registrants holding a minimum of one CEng, one IEng and one EngTech.

The main objective of the committee is the assessment of an applicant’s suitability for Institute membership, which will be carried out by a panel consisting only of voting members of the Institute and containing at least one member of a grade higher than that of the application (except when assessing an applicant for Fellow grade).

Other responsibilities of the MQ&E Committee include:
  • Recommending standards to be adopted for admission to various grades of membership
  • Assessing applications for all full membership grades
  • Assessing applications for registration with the Engineering Council (UK)
  • Managing the engineer registration processes
  • Managing the approval of training bodies and education and training programmes
  • Sponsoring and/or advising on training programmes
  • Sponsoring and/or advising on competency tests
  • Liaising with such organisations as may be appropriate in all matters concerned with education, training, examination, certification and registration
  • Membership development
  • Liaising with Branches.

Technical Committee (TC) The Technical Committee is concerned with providing a range of high-quality, relevant and informative publications for members and subscribers that update and inform them, covering all aspects of NDT, CM and related disciplines, and identifying technologies or industries where literature may be limited and seeking to address this.

The committee aims to provide annual NDT and CM conferences and exhibitions, which disseminate the scientific and technical knowledge that exists in the NDT, CM and SHM communities, and to provide further symposia, workshops and other events for members related to a particular industry/theme.

The committee also oversees the development of the Institute’s website at

In particular, the responsibilities of the Technical Committee include:
  • Publication of the Institute’s journal Insight
  • Production of technical publications
  • Establishing panels of referees for technical papers
  • Organisation of conferences and symposia, including the Institute’s annual conferences
  • Liaising with Branches and other sections of the Institute concerning technical activities
  • Liaising with other organisations in the sponsoring or organising of conferences and symposia
  • Liaising with relevant research and development centres
  • Advising on technical developments within NDT, CM or SHM
  • Proposing new publishing, conference and other technical initiatives.

Trade & Industry Executive Committee The purpose of the Trade and Industry Executive Committee is to provide a voice for all Corporate members within the Institute. Membership of this committee is open to one person nominated by each Corporate member company. The Committee has two main sub-groups: the Materials Testing Working Group and the Service Inspection Group.

The Trade and Industry Executive Committee is responsible for:
  • Providing a forum for manufacturers, inspection authorities, service and research providers, plant owners and end-users of NDT, both within the Institute and with external bodies
  • Fostering links between all the sectors and interest groups represented
  • Promotion of Corporate membership of the Institute
  • Organisation of all exhibitions and table-top events held under the banner of BINDT. 
The Committee has further developed these four primary responsibilities to encompass the following main strategic objectives to:
  • Develop its role as a communication channel for all Corporate members
  • Nominate representatives to standards bodies and committees and establish mechanisms for effective communication with these representatives
  • Identify suitable events for promoting NDT and nominate appropriate individuals to represent the NDT industry at these events
  • Develop all BINDT exhibitions in terms of increased engagement with exhibitors and visitors
  • Raise the profile of NDT with industry, government and external bodies
  • Enable Corporate members to have an effective voice in influencing Institute policy in its different activities, for example certification, publications, conferences, seminars and exhibitions
  • Assist the Technical Committees in identifying topics for seminars
  • Encourage feedback from all Corporate members on current Institute activities, as well as ideas for new developments.
Trade & Industry Executive Committee members are elected annually at the Committee’s AGM, normally held during the BINDT Annual Conference. Members of the Committee normally serve for three years, with the Chair and Vice Chair being appointed for two years. The Committee consists of nominees of Corporate member companies, Corporate members and co-opted individuals with relevant specialist knowledge. All Corporate member companies are entitled to provide a nominee for election to the Committee at the AGM. Meetings of the Committee are held four times a year at the Institute. The Committee Chair reports to the Institute’s Council.


Trade & Industry Committee reports
Report from the meeting held 08 October 2015
Report from the meeting held 23 July 2015
Report from the meeting held 19 May 2015
Report from the meeting held 26 February 2015
Report from the meeting held 16 October 2014