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This specification covers the minimum requirements for agencies performing nondestructive testing. It can also be used as a basis to evaluate testing or inspection agencies, or both that are intended for use in qualifying or accrediting, or both of testing or inspection agencies that are either public or private. A nondestructive testing agency's capabilities shall include, but not limited to, one or more of the following methods: magnetic particle, penetrant, radiographic/fluoroscopic, ultrasonic, eddy current, and leak testing. Minimum requirements include: a written Procedures Manual for the type of work for which the agency is contracted; process control or operation procedures that shall contain the information necessary to control the various activities necessary for materials examination; personnel qualification which include procedures for training, certification, and recertification; equipment maintenance and calibration which shall contain inventory listings; equipment operation and technique file; and records and documentation that shall be maintained in a central file and in other accessible files as necessary and shall be available for authority examination.
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1.1 This specification covers minimum requirements for agencies performing nondestructive testing (NDT).
1.2 When using this specification to assess the capability of, or to accredit NDT agencies, Guide shall be used as a basis for the survey. It can be supplemented as necessary with more detail in order to meet the auditor's specific needs.
1.3 This specification can be used as a basis to evaluate testing or inspection agencies, or both, and is intended for use for the qualifying or accrediting, or both, of testing or inspection agencies, public or private.
1.4 The use of SI or inch-pound units, or combination thereof, will be the responsibility of the technical committee whose standards are referred to in this standard.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E94 Guide for Radiographic Examination
E114 Practice for Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Straight-Beam Contact Testing
E125 Reference Photographs for Magnetic Particle Indications on Ferrous Castings
E127 Practice for Fabricating and Checking Aluminum Alloy Ultrasonic Standard Reference Blocks
E164 Practice for Contact Ultrasonic Testing of Weldments
E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry
E213 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Metal Pipe and Tubing
E215 Practice for Standardizing Equipment for Electromagnetic Testing of Seamless Aluminum-Alloy Tube
E243 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy Current) Examination of Copper and Copper-Alloy Tubes
E273 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of the Weld Zone of Welded Pipe and Tubing
E309 Practice for Eddy-Current Examination of Steel Tubular Products Using Magnetic Saturation
E317 Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
E376 Practice for Measuring Coating Thickness by Magnetic-Field or Eddy-Current (Electromagnetic) Testing Methods
E426 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Seamless and Welded Tubular Products, Titanium, Austenitic Stainless Steel and Similar Alloys
E427 Practice for Testing for Leaks Using the Halogen Leak Detector Alkali-Ion Diode
E428 Practice for Fabrication and Control of Metal, Other than Aluminum, Reference Blocks Used in Ultrasonic Testing
E431 Guide to Interpretation of Radiographs of Semiconductors and Related Devices
E432 Guide for Selection of a Leak Testing Method
E433 Reference Photographs for Liquid Penetrant Inspection
E479 Guide for Preparation of a Leak Testing Specification
E493 Test Methods for Leaks Using the Mass Spectrometer Leak Detector in the Inside-Out Testing Mode
E494 Practice for Measuring Ultrasonic Velocity in Materials
E498 Test Methods for Leaks Using the Mass Spectrometer Leak Detector or Residual Gas Analyzer in the Tracer Probe Mode
E566 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy Current) Sorting of Ferrous Metals
E570 Practice for Flux Leakage Examination of Ferromagnetic Steel Tubular Products
E571 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Nickel and Nickel Alloy Tubular Products
E650 Guide for Mounting Piezoelectric Acoustic Emission Sensors
E664 Practice for the Measurement of the Apparent Attenuation of Longitudinal Ultrasonic Waves by Immersion Method
E690 Practice for In Situ Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Nonmagnetic Heat Exchanger Tubes
E703 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy Current) Sorting of Nonferrous Metals
E709 Guide for Magnetic Particle Testing
E2192 Guide for Planar Flaw Height Sizing by Ultrasonics
E2338 Practice for Characterization of Coatings Using Conformable Eddy-Current Sensors without Coating Reference Standards
E2373 Practice for Use of the Ultrasonic Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) Technique
E2374 Guide for Acoustic Emission System Performance Verification
E2491 Guide for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Phased-Array Ultrasonic Testing Instruments and Systems
E2580 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Flat Panel Composites and Sandwich Core Materials Used in Aerospace Applications
ICS Number Code 03.120.10 (Quality management and quality assurance); 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)
ASTM E543-15, Standard Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top