ASTM E1359 - 12

    Standard Guide for Evaluating Capabilities of Nondestructive Testing Agencies

    Active Standard ASTM E1359 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    ASTM E1359

    Significance and Use

    3.1 The use of this survey form will provide the auditor with a guide for evaluating an agency.

    3.1.1 The description of the agency's facility and its organization will aid the auditor in determining if the agency has adequate capacity and capability to fulfill the contractual requirement.

    3.1.2 A review of the agency's policies and/or practices will aid the auditor in determining if the agency has adequate controls on its system.

    3.1.3 A review of the agency's records will aid the auditor in determining if the facility complies with its own written policies or practices, or both.

    3.2 The recommendations set forth in this guide are minimums and should be supplemented by the user, as necessary, to meet the specific requirements of the contract.

    3.3 The use of this survey form provides the auditor with a permanent record and includes a corrective action request.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide establishes areas for review and provides a survey form that can be used in determining the competence of a nondestructive testing agency.

    1.1.1 Criteria from Practices E543, E1212, and ASNT SNT-TC-1A, ANSI/ASNT CP-189, and NAS-410, were used in the preparation of this guide.

    1.2 Areas for review should include, but are not limited to, the following: description of the agency, its facilities and organization; documentation of policies or practices, or both, including a) contract review, b) equipment calibration, and c) personnel qualifications.

    1.3 The use of SI or inch-pound units, or combinations thereof, will be the responsibility of the technical committee whose standards are referred to in this standard.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E1212 Practice for Quality Management Systems for Nondestructive Testing Agencies

    ASNT/ANSI Documents

    IRRSP Industrial Radiographer and Radiation Safety Program

    AIA Standard

    NAS-410 NAS Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Test Personnel


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.120.20 (Product and company certification. Conformity assessment); 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1359-12

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