Canada welcomes the world of non-destructive testing

To coincide with the Canadian Institute for Non-Destructive Evaluation (CINDE) Annual NDT in Canada Conference this year, the ISO/TC 135/ SC 7 (International Organization of Standardization) meeting was also held in Edmonton from June 17-19 at the River Cree Resort.  This ISO Committee is responsible for a number of NDT Standards, most notably at present, the revision of ISO 9712: Non-destructive testing — Qualification and certification of NDT personnel.

Although Canada has maintained the leadership role for this ISO Committee for many years (with the Committee Chair, Darcy Corcoran, from the Quality Control Council of Canada – National Training Society, and Committee Manager, Jennifer Jimenez, from the Canadian General Standards Board), there has not been a meeting held in Canada for quite some time.  So when given the opportunity to host a number of highly respected international experts in the field of NDT, a major effort was made to demonstrate Canada’s hospitality and professionalism. 

CINDE generously sponsored the meeting room rentals and provided the meals over the three days, but in going above and beyond any other host country’s normal hospitality, CINDE also provided the 30 delegates with full access to the conference and exhibitions, as well as invitations to the Mix ‘n Mingle reception and the CINDE gala dinner. A special gift of a dream catcher, handmade by an elder of the local indigenous River Cree Nation, was also gifted to the delegates as a keepsake.  Needless to say, the delegates from nations such as Germany, France, Singapore, the United States, Australia etc… were very impressed with Canada’s warm welcome and the caliber of the NDT industry in our country.

While all of the CINDE staff were eager to support, special recognition must be given to Don Andrews for his tireless effort to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that all needs were accommodated.

The meeting of ISO/TC 135/ SC 7 itself was very successful and saw further progress made to the revision of ISO 9712, which has been on-going since 2017. In addition to Canada having the impartial leadership role of this Committee, delegates representing Canada's interests internationally for this meeting were Craig Martin (Canadian Welding Bureau) and P.K. Yuen (Natural Resources Canada).

This revision of ISO 9712 has been focused on 7 key areas of the Standard, recertification and renewal; the use of psychometrics; experience requirements; vision requirements; training hours; methods/techniques/sectoring; and certification body requirements. One additional meeting to ensure that the final draft is ready will occur in Paris in October, then there will be a first ballot of the Standard at the ISO level.

Canada does have a role to play in voting via our Mirror Committee to ISO.  If anyone is interested in becoming more familiar with the National or International Standards development work, CGSB is always looking for new members.  Please contact Jennifer Jimenez at (873) 469-3225 or at Jennifer.Jimenez@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

International delegates in Edmonton, Alberta at the 21st meeting of the 
ISO/TC 135/SC 7 Committee held June 17-19, 2019
International delegates in Edmonton, Alberta at the 21st meeting of
the ISO/TC 135/SC 7 Committee held June 17-19, 2019

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