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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 groupings of NDT Societies. The ICNDT is registered as a legalised Association with its seat in Vienna, Austria.

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The latest ICNDT Journal, Vol 9 Issue No. 7 includes a report on ICNDT Working Group 1 workshop on the impact and response to the Covid-19 pandemic and other interesting news of activities in ICNDT and its member societies. To download this issue, click on the link on the right-hand side of your screen.

Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MRA) - UPDATED - 08 March 2021

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.

ICNDT Recommendations for the operations of PCBs during the Covid-19 pandemic - 19 October 2020

During the ongoing pandemic, ICNDT is concerned with ensuring appropriate qualification and certification under the conditions of government restrictions on travel, educational services, and the needs for social distancing and safe working practices.

Therefore, ICNDT recommends the use of the attached practice to address both ISO/IEC 17024:2012 and ISO 9712:2012. Please note that providing recommendations does not constitute an approval to deviate from any requirements set forth by the Accrediting Body.

We are grateful to Alexander Mullin and the Editorial Committee for producing the recommendations. Please draw them to the attention of all those involved with the PCB operations within yours and other organisations.

Click here to download a copy (PDF).


ICNDT WG1 Workshop - response to Covid-19 - 29 June 2020

A successful on-line workshop was held on 25 May to discuss and present how the ICNDT certification and training organisations are addressing the issues associated with the restrictions imposed by Covid 19 pandemic.

In addition to the presentations, many representatives of Personnel Certification Bodies (PCBs) and ICNDT committee members participated in the discussions after the presentations. In total, more than 20 delegates took part in the workshop.

The following summarises the following general approach by many PCBs.

  • All PCBs who took part in the workshop have extended the period of validity of the certificates and addressed how this extension is to be controlled.
  • All the PCBs are considering both the short-term and long-term issues including acceptance of distance learning and ways to conduct online examinations while still preserving compliance with ISO/IEC 17024 requirements in regards of integrity, independence and impartiality.

From this workshop WG1 will organise and consider how to help with the short- and long-term measures associated with the COVID-19 situation. The considerations will include interpretation of the governing standards and how these standards can be addressed with respect to distance learning and examination processes.

To download the presentations (PDF), click here.

For further information contact Colin Bird at icec-secretary@icndt.org


ICNDT Photograph Competition 2020 - 13 February 2020

"NDT Stories in Pictures"photo competition

ICNDT is offering one free registration for the 20th World Conference on NDT (WCNDT 2020), which is taking place 8-12 June 2020 in Seoul, Korea to the winner of the newly launched ICNDT Photograph Competition 2020. 

The competition is open for one photograph from one individual that should have subject matter related to NDT, such as the application of NDT in a real-life situation, for example in the carrying out of an inspection or in a research environment.

The deadline for entries is 31 March 2020 and the winner will be announced at the end of April 2020, with a view to a certificate of commendation being presented to the winner at the World Conference in Seoul.

Entries should be in accordance with the Guidelines and submitted using the Application Form and associated release forms available for download here.

For further information please contact Mr Shohei Ooka, Chair of ICNDT Working Group IV: Communications, at icndt@jsndi.or.jp


Call for Papers - 20th WCNDT 2020 - 12 June 2019

The Call for Papers is open for the 20th World Conference on NDT, taking place 8-12 June 2020 at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Centre, Seoul, Korea. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2019. Abstracts should be uploaded to the event website at wcndt2020.com

ICNDT Awards at WCNDT - Nominations sought - 12 June 2019

During the 20th WCNDT, ICNDT will announce the winners of the prestigious ICNDT Awards which are presented every four years. Previous winners are listed on this website under ICNDT Activities - Awards.
- Roentgen Award for major contribution to science and technology of NDT
- Pawlowski Award for major contribution to 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 rules for choosing the Award winners are given in ICNDT Operating Procedure OP4 - click here to download. Nominations must be submitted by email using the standard form attached to OP4.
Nominations for each award must be submitted by members of ICNDT to the General Secretary (gensec@icndt.org) by the due date, in this case 30 September 2019. This is to allow voting to take place and the winners to be advised in good time to allow them to plan their attendance at the WCNDT.


OBITUARY - Dr Baldev Raj - 05 March 2018

9 April 1947- 6 Jan 2018

Dr Baldev Raj, Director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, (NIAS) Bengaluru and former Director of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, sadly passed away on the morning of 6 Jan 2018 in Pune, India, where he had gone to attend a meeting at the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET). 

The vast contribution of Baldev Raj to the Indian Fast Breeder Programme in general and to non-destructive testing, radio-metallurgy, strategic materials and materials science are well known and documented.

Dr Baldev Raj was selected for many eminent positions, as evidenced by awards, fellowships of all the four academies of Sciences and Engineering in India, the International Nuclear Energy Academy, Institute of Directors, Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Academy of NDT International, American Society of Metals, the German Academy of Science, The World Academy of Sciences and several others. He was Honorary Fellow of International Medical Sciences Academy, Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Society of NDT, Indian Institute of Welding, and the International Institute of Welding (IIW), where he was Vice President from 2009 to 2012.

Dr Baldev Raj was President of the World Conference of NDT in 1996 when it was held in New Delhi, India and he was made an Honorary Member of the International Committee for NDT (ICNDT) in the same year. He was awarded the ICNDT Sokolov Award for major contribution to NDT research in 2004. He was a member of the British Institute of NDT (BINDT) since 1988 and was appointed Honorary Fellow in 1993.

With about 500 plenary, keynote, invited speeches, numerous papers published and membership of some of the most eminent committees, councils and bodies in India and more than 30 countries worldwide, Dr Baldev Raj steered several large high-impact collaborative programmes with almost all important countries in the world.  

Dr Baldev Raj's contributions to science policy and science diplomacy are recognised worldwide. He was honoured with the Homi Bhabha Gold Medal; H K Firodia Award; Om Prakash Bhasin Award; Vasvik Award, National Metallurgist Award; Lifetime Achievement Award of Indian Nuclear Society, Distinguished Material Scientist Award; Padma Shri; Distinguished Alumni of Indian Institute of Science, among many other distinct honours.

Prof Baldev Raj had a passion for interacting with students and young professionals for mutual inspirations and service to society.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Baldev Raj. 

Updated ICNDT Guide and Recommendations for Qualification and Certification of NDT Personnel - 17 August 2016

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 (2016) reflects updates in the ICNDT international Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MRA). ICNDT updates 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. 

Guide to Qualification and Certification of Personnel for Condition Monitoring - 17 August 2016

The prime purpose of this guide, which has been prepared under the auspices of the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing (ICNDT) Working Group 6, is to promote best practice in the qualification and certification of CM personnel according to the International Standard ISO 18436, Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines – Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel.

The competence of CM personnel is a key element in achieving reliability in condition monitoring (CM) and is vital to ensure the quality and safety of products and installations.
This ICNDT guide is of importance to all tiers in the management of CM operations: regulators, inspection bodies, certification bodies, industry, CM service companies and supervisors of CM personnel.

The ICNDT has promoted worldwide dissemination of NDT and CM technologies and the harmonisation of personnel certification schemes for more than 50 years. Such standardisation becomes ever more important as the globalisation of trade increases.

Click here to download the latest version.

ICNDT AWARD WINNERS - 2016 - 14 July 2016

At each World Conference, 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

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 2016 winners are:
  • Roentgen: Professor Tony Dunhill
  • Pawlowski: Dr Mike Farley
  • Havercroft: Roger Lyon
  • Sokolov: Professor Dr -Ing Hermann Wustenberg
  • Young Achiever: Dr Alexander Machikhin
Congratulations to all winners! 

New ICNDT Guide on Research and Development in NDT - 21 September 2015

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. 

New ICNDT Guide on Education and Training in NDT - 17 April 2015

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). 

Security of Industrial Radiography Sources: A WINS International Best Practice Guide - 19 April 2013

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).

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