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ENIQ Recommended Practice 8, Qualification Levels and Approaches, Issue 1

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The present work is the outcome of the activity of the ENIQ Task Group for Qualification (TGQ) on Qualification Levels and Qualification Approaches.
ENIQ, the European Network for Inspection and Qualification, is driven by the nuclear utilities in the European Union and Switzerland and managed by the European Commission�s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Petten. It is active in the field of in-service inspection (ISI) of nuclear power plants by non-destructive testing (NDT), and works mainly in the areas of Qualification of NDT systems and Risk-informed in-service inspection (RI-ISI).
ENIQ was set up in 1992, recognising the importance of the issue of qualification of NDT systems, and was intended to be a network in which the available resources and expertise could be managed at European level. It was also recognised that harmonisation in the field of guidelines, codes and standards for inspection qualification would represent important advantages for all parties involved, with the ultimate goal of increasing the safety of European nuclear power plants.
The work of ENIQ generated an important milestone with the publication in 1995 of the first issue of the European Methodology for Qualification of Non-Destructive Tests. A second issue was then published in 1997 [1]. A number of Recommended Practices, which give more detailed advice on the implementation of specific aspects of inspection qualification, has also been published (see Appendix B). Qualification activities are now focused within a specific Task Group of ENIQ (TGQ).

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Authors: ERIKSSON A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21761 EN (2005), 17 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
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