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For more information on our Zurich Laboratory’s services and accreditations, feel free to explore our frequently asked questions below.



Our Accreditations

To discuss your requirements in more detail, please call one of our expert service advisors on 0800 026 1504

UKAS Inspection Certificate of Accreditation  & Current Schedule of Accreditation  BS EN ISO/IEC 17020 (N°0006)

UKAS Testing Schedule Certificate of Accreditation  & Current Schedule of Accreditation BS EN ISO/IEC 17025 (N°0845)

SAFed Membership Certificate

Notified Body Appointment Letter under the Pressure Equipment Directive

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a welding procedure qualification and a welder approval qualification?

A weld procedure qualification is used to prove that a welding procedure employed will produce the specified mechanical and metallurgical weld quality requirements of the applicable standards. This will be valid for a range of essential variables such as Welding process, parent materials, welding consumables and heat input. These are recorded during the welding of the test piece and will form part of the weld procedure qualification documentation.

The weld procedure qualification remains valid indefinitely as long as the specification that it is carried in accordance with remains current.

A welder approval qualification is a test of the welder’s skill, in producing a weld of the quality required by the applicable specification. Each welder qualification test will have a range of approval for variables such as welding process, welding consumable, deposited weld metal thickness and welding position.

How do I know what welding procedure or welding approval test I require?

The type of weld procedure approval or welder approval test can be specified in a number of ways, such as:-

  • International or National Application standards for the product.
    Examples are BS EN 13445- Unfired Pressure Vessels PD5500-Unfire fusion welded pressure vessels, EN 1090- Execution of steel structure and aluminium structures. ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
  • Inspection Authority codes
    Examples are DNV-OS-F101-Submarine Pipeline Systems, Lloyds Rules and Regulations.
  • Quality Assurance Requirements.

Whatever the application, it is vital that required standard is agreed prior to any work commencing. Zurich Welding Engineers can advise on relevant standards and testing requirements

Do you offer any consultancy or support to help get us started?

Yes, our team of welding engineers and technologists are available to assist in identifying testing requirements. Please call us to discuss your needs. We can guide you through the process and offer advice on welding process, material/consumable selection etc.

Are you an accredited organisation?

Yes, Zurich is accredited by UKAS as a Type A Inspection Body in accordance with BS EN ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and for Testing in accordance with BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Schedules of Accreditation can be viewed www.ukas.com.

Is Zurich an appointed notified body under the requirements of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)?

Yes, Zurich is appointed as a Notified Body by the Department Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Can Zurich’s procedures be used for the Construction Products Directive (CPD/CPR)?

Yes, Weld Procedure and welder approval certification is fully acceptable for use on Construction Products Directive (CPD/CPR) applications

Does a CE mark guarantee product quality?

No, having a product carrying a CE mark does not guarantee product quality. By attaching a CE mark to a product the manufacturing is declaring conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking.

What type of turnaround time can I expect for my welder approval tests?

Verbal results are available within five working days of receipt of samples at the laboratory. Certification will be completed within two working days from then.

What other services do you offer?

Zurich can offer a range of welding consultancy and training courses tailored to your needs.

We also offer failure investigation, corrosion testing and a wide variety of mechanical and chemical analysis.

How long does a welder approval certificate last for? 

For BS EN 287-1:2011, BS EN ISO 9606-2:2004, BS EN ISO 9606-4:1999 a welder approval is valid for two years form the date of welding. Certificates may be prolonged by the Inspection Authority or Examiner/Examining Body every two years providing supporting evidence is provided in accordance with clause 9.3 of the specification.

This means that evidence of radiographic, ultrasonic testing or destructive testing (bends or fracture) made on two welds during the previous six months. The welds should reproduce the original test condition except for thickness and outside pipe diameter. Evidence should be traceable to the welder and identify the WPS used in production.

Evidence can be radiographic, ultrasonic testing or destructive testing (bends or fracture) made on two welds during the previous six months. The welds should reproduce the original test condition except for thickness and outside pipe diameter. Evidence should be traceable to the welder and identify the WPS used in production.

For BS EN ISO 9606-1:2013 welder approval / BS EN ISO 14732:2013 Welder Operator, is valid for three years/ six years from the date of welding. Certificates may be prolonged by the Inspection Authority or Examiner/Examining Body every two years providing supporting evidence is provided in accordance with clause 9.3b of the specification.

The re-validation option must be selected at the time of testing, If you are unsure which is the best option for your application, our team of welding engineers can advise.

Evidence can be radiographic, ultrasonic testing or destructive testing (bends or fracture) made on two welds during the previous six months. The welds should reproduce the original test condition except for thickness and outside pipe diameter. Evidence should be traceable to the welder and identify the WPS used in production.

For ASME IX 2015 welder approvals the certification remains valid as long as the welder continues to carry out welding using the process qualified in each six month period.

Where there is a specific reason to doubt the welder ability to make welds that meet the specification requirement, then the qualification may be revoked.

However where ASME IX qualifications are to be used for applications covered by the Pressure Equipment Directive, then these must be prolonged every two years as per the requirements of the current Harmonised Standard as referenced in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Has BS EN ISO 9606-1 2013 superseded BS EN 287-1 2011 now?

At the time of writing (24/02/2017), both specifications are current and may be used.

For Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) there is currently no harmonised standard currently identified in the Official Journal of the European Union. BS EN 287-1:2011 was previously included in the Official Journal and was the specification that had presumption of conformity.

Current Safety Assessment Federation (SaFed) guidelines recommend that BS EN 287-1:2011 is used as the preferred specification for the approval of welders.

It may be worth considering getting your welder approvals approved to both specifications in the short term.