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The International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing

ICNDT is a non-profit organisation devoted to the international development of the science and practice of Non-Destructive Testing in conjunction with individual NDT Societies and recognised continental grouping of NDT Societies. The ICNDT is registered as a legalised Association with its seat in Vienna, Austria.

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New ICNDT Guide on Research and Development in NDT
NDT and diagnostic technologies such as condition monitoring play a crucial role in assuring the safety of modern societies. Major uses of NDT include transport (for example planes, trains and ships), energy infrastructures (oil & gas rigs and pipelines, power stations) and manufacturing (steelmaking to electronics). However there are many other applications of NDT that are essential to protect our safety, such as checking the welds on fairground rides or the towers and cables of ski lifts.

The capabilities of NDT have improved substantially in recent years and are steadily improving thanks to successful research and development, but even more challenging requirements continue to arise.
During the 11th ECNDT 2014 conference in Prague, ICNDT organised a Workshop to consider the importance of NDT, to identify critical research needs and to explore ways of supporting such research. The presentations on which this brochure is based are available here on this website.

This brochure highlights why NDT, including diagnostic technologies, is so important; it gives examples of current research and suggests how better funding arrangements for the medium to long term may be encouraged. Industrial users of NDT, as well as universities and other research institutes, have a key role to play, whilst national and international NDT societies can provide the forums for discussion and advice that are so important.
Created on 21 September 2015

Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MRA)

NDT societies that have signed the ICNDT Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MRA) are listed in the ICNDT MRA Schedule 1.
Personnel Certification bodies that have been recognised by ICNDT are listed in the ICNDT MRA Schedule 2.

Each Party to Schedule 1 of the MRA shall:

  • commit itself to the pursuance of the objectives of the MRA;
  • promote the recognition and acceptance of the certification issued by PCBs registered under Schedule 2 of the MRA;
  • assist other interested parties by giving a clear overview of the NDT personnel certification activities in its own country, including a description of the sectorial arrangements;
  • provide other Parties with non-confidential information on the certification scheme(s) operated by PCBs registered under this Agreement;
  • consult with and seek membership of the scheme and technical committees of NDT PCBs in its own country;
  • indemnify ICNDT against liability for the Party’s use or misuse of this MRA.
Created on 09 August 2015

New ICNDT Guide on Education and Training in NDT

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is of great importance, ensuring the safety of the public. The knowledge and competence of those who specify NDT is an essential pre-requisite for the achievement of quality and reliability as well as the competence of those who execute NDT and handle and respond to the results.

The ICNDT, with a track record of almost 60 years in international cooperation, has prepared this Guide to help disseminate best practice in NDT education and training.
In accordance with its 2012 Strategic Plan, ICNDT, through its Working Group (WG2) on NDT Education and Research, will promote regular workshops at major conferences. The first two of these, at the 20th QNDE meeting in Baltimore (July 2013) and at the 14th Asia Pacific Conference in Mumbai (November 2013), have provided valuable input to this issue of the Guide.

Click here to download a copy of the Guide (PDF).
Created on 17 April 2015

Updated ICNDT Guide and Recommendations for Qualification and Certification of NDT Personnel
The competence of those carrying out NDT is an essential pre-requisite for the achievement of quality and reliability. Qualification and Certification of NDT personnel in accordance with International Standards such as ISO 9712 (Non-destructive testing – Qualification and certification of personnel) and aligned standards helps to ensure that people are competent and assists global business and safety standards.

The ICNDT, with a track record of 45 years in international co-operation in NDT, is dedicated to supporting best practice in the implementation of these standards and to this end has published its 'Guide and recommendations for qualification and certification of NDT personnel according to ISO 9712'.

The original Guide was published in June 2004 at the 16th WCNDT in Montreal, based on a first draft produced by Mr G Nardoni. The first update was approved for publication at the 17th WCNDT in Shanghai. The next version was published to coincide with the 18th WCNDT in Durban and the agreements in ISO and CEN to unify ISO 9712 and EN 473 in a new standard ISO 9712, published in 2012. This version (2014) reflects updates in ISO 17024 and the developments in ICNDT to create an international Multilateral Recognition Agreement and to document how different certification bodies are implementing ISO 9712:2012. ICNDT will update this document periodically and will provide the latest version here. Users are strongly advised to check that they have the latest version of this document and the referenced standards. Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the ICNDT secretariat.

Click here to download the latest version.
Created on 26 January 2015

Successful Asia-Pacific Conference in Mumbai


The Indian Society of NDT (ISNT) hosted a superb 14th Asia-Pacific Conference in Mumbai in November.
Highlights include:

  • ~800 registered delegates
  • approx. 25% from abroad (~21 countries)
  • 70 exhibitors
  • 320 papers
    (claimed to be largest number of papers at an APCNDT)
  • ICNDT meetings (IEC, PGP, WG1, WG2, Edu Workshop, APCNDT, etc)
  • Achieved objective defined by theme:
                           ‘Excellence with relevance through NDE’
Created on 09 December 2013

Security of Industrial Radiography Sources: A WINS International Best Practice Guide

The use of radioactive sources to inspect materials for hidden flaws is a valuable commercial assessment tool. Thousands of these sources are in use at any time all over the world. We know that the loss and theft of these high activity sources are a fairly common occurrence. If they are used maliciously, they have the potential to significantly harm individuals and the environment. Therefore, their security should be of great concern to users, regulators and law enforcement officials. This WINS International Best Practice Guide explains how your organisation can help to reduce the risk of theft of your industrial radiography sources and enhance their security worldwide.

ICNDT was pleased to work with The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) on the development of this guide.

Click here to download a copy (PDF 2.2MB).

Created on 19 April 2013

ICNDT Activities in the field of NDT Personnel Certification

Click here for current documents and presentation files on the ICNDT Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MRA), the ICNDT Conformity Assessment of Personnel Certification Bodies (PCB CA).
Created on 31 July 2012

Successful World Conference held in Durban

The 18th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT) was among the most successful ever!

On behalf of ICNDT, its Members and theattendees at the conference and exhibition I wish to thank Manfred Johannes, the World Conference President and his team of “SAINTS”.

Special mention is due to Professor Arthur Every (who organised a superb technical programme, notable for its keynote lectures and invited speakers) and Butch Davies (who recruited exhibitors and sponsors). And a very special mention is due for of Giuseppe Nardoni, former Chairman of ICNDT, who facilitated the presence of Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto.

Alongside the conference, ICNDT organised its business meetings, including the General Assembly. I was pleased to be asked to serve a second term as Chairman and in my support the General Assembly elected an excellent team of officers and chairs for our Committees and Working Groups. BINDT, led by David Gilbert,will continue to provide our Secretariat.

We are grateful to David Barnett and Wayne Holliday who stood down after four years service and welcome Sajeesh Babu, Younho Cho and Sharon Bond to the Executive Committee. The Korean Society for NDT was elected to host the 20th WCNDT in 2020.

During the conference ICNDT participated in a series of Workshops which were used to help develop ideas for our programmes for the next four years and, after approval in principle at the General Assembly, these are now being consolidated into our Strategic Plan and into Action Plans for our Working Groups.

All the best in NDT.

Mike Farley
Chairman, ICNDT

Created on 21 June 2012

At each World Conference, the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing (ICNDT) presents awards to people and organisations that have made major contributions to NDT.

The winners are chosen by secret ballot of the members of the ICNDT Policy and General Purposes Committee, from nominations submitted by member societies.

There are five awards:

• Roentgen Award for major contribution to the science and technology of NDT
• Pawlowski Award for major contribution to the promotion of NDT internationally
• Havercroft Award for major contribution to NDT education, training or certification
• Sokolov Award for major contribution to NDT research
• ICNDT Young Achiever Award for achievement of young people in NDT (<35 years)

The 2012 winners are:

Roentgen: Award shared between Professors Peter Cawley and Michael Lowe (combined nomination); and Professor Teruo Kishi   
Pawlowski: Mr Douglas J Marshall
Havercroft: Mr Patrick Fallouey and Dr Hajime Hatano (combined nomination)
Sokolov: Professor Chris Scruby
Young Achiever: Award shared between Dr Alexey Efimov and Mr Christopher Lane
Created on 02 March 2011
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