Approval of NDT personnel under PED 2014/68/EU

NDT according to ISO 9712 – approval under PED 2014/68/EU

Authorization: Certification Body for Personnel Certification No. 3197 TÜV NORD Czech, s.r.o., accredited by Czech Accreditation Institute (ČIA, o.p.s) according to ČSN EN ISO/IEC 17024:2013 (see Certification of Accreditation) The authorized Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing (ÚNMZ) on the basis of a decision on the approval authorization for competent individuals seeking approval to carry out specific non-destructive tests of permanent joints for pressure equipment according to the Government Decree No. 219/2016 Coll. (PED 2014/68/EU) Notification from Brussels as Notified Body under Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU Pressure equipment.

Requirements for approval program (certification program) are not specified in directive 2014/68/EU. Therefore, approval program is based on recommendation of document CEN/TR 15589:2017. This technical Report (TR) provides methodology for NDT personnel approval according to directive 2014/68/EU, Annex 1, article 3.1.3. Terms and definition used in this approval program follow EN ISO 9712 and TNI CEN/TR 15589.

The approval program is applied in conjunction with the certification program listed in Appendix No. 7c of the PJ COP (certification according to EN ISO 9712) and the COP S 9.18 directive. Unless otherwise stated, the provisions of the certification program defined by PJ COP Annex 7c apply. 

This approval program does not use the provisions of rule F-13 defined by the Compendium of Technical Harmonization of the ÚNMZ. Procedure "A" defined in TNI CEN/TR 15589 is used for approval purposes. Procedures "B" and "C" are not used by COP. The applicant can be approved if he holds a valid certificate according to EN ISO 9712 issued by COP NDT TÜV NORD Czech, s.r.o. in one of the following methods/techniques and in the product or industrial sector.


NDT method / NDT Technique


Leak testing – pressure technique


Leak testing – tracer gas technique


Radiographic testing – Digital radiography technique


Radiographic testing – Computer radiography technique


Radiographic testing – Digital radioscopy technique


Radiographic testing – Film interpretation


Ultrasonic testing – Phased Array technique


Ultrasonic testing – Time of flight diffraction technique


Acoustic emission testing


Eddy current testing


Magnetic testing


Penetrant testing


Radiographic testing


Ultrasonic testing



For the purposes of approval according to PED 2014/68/EU, the applicant must be qualified for at least one of the following product or industrial sectors


Product Sector


Welds (all types of welds, including brazing; for ferrous and nonferrous materials)


Pipes and tubes (welded, ferrous and nonferrous materials, including flat products for manufacturing of welded pipes and tubes).


Notes:  1) Sector “t” is applied based on the rule G-25 and G-19.


Industrial sectors


Includes product sector

Multisector, including all activities


c, f, w (dsw), t, wp

Manufacture and Construction


w (dsw), t, wp

A person who holds a certificate according to EN ISO 9712 in one of the above-mentioned methods and sectors, issued by COP TÜV NORD Czech, s.r.o. it is deemed approved, without further action. 

The validity of the approval is tied to the validity of the certification according to EN ISO 9712.

An applicant seeking to extend approval in levels 1, 2 and 3 (after 5 years) in the relevant industrial or product sector must meet the requirements of EN ISO 9712 (Annex No. 7 c PJ COP) for extending certification.

An applicant seeking to renew approval in level 1 and 2 (after 10 years) must receive min. in the practical part of the exam. 1 sample relevant to the weld sector (w). The candidate in level 2 must develop a written instruction relevant to the weld sector (w).

An applicant seeking to extend approval in level 3 (after 10 years) must receive a written exam within the scope of the requirements of EN ISO 9712 (Annex No. 7 c PJ COP) or use a structured credit system. For the recognition of ongoing practical competence to conduct examinations, the applicant must provide evidence of activities relevant in the sectors.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Ing. David Duba
Oblast ASME a certifikace NDT personálu

Tel.: +420 606 690 209