Production inspection and certification

General requirements
An inspection body, or its delegate, shall carry out the inspection and certification of each pressure
receptacle. The inspection body selected by the manufacturer for inspection and testing during
production may be different from the inspection body used for the design type approval testing.
Where it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the inspection body that the manufacturer has
trained competent inspectors, independent of the manufacturing operations, inspection may be
performed by those inspectors. In such a case, the manufacturer shall maintain training records of the
inspectors.
The inspection body shall verify that the inspections by the manufacturer, and tests performed on
those pressure receptacles, fully conform to the standard and the requirements of ADR. Should nonconformance
in conjunction with this inspection and testing be determined, the permission to have
inspection performed by the manufacturer's inspectors may be withdrawn.
The manufacturer shall, after approval by the inspection body, make a declaration of conformity with
the certified design type. The application of the pressure receptacle certification marks shall be
considered a declaration that the pressure receptacle complies with the applicable pressure receptacle
standards and the requirements of this conformity assessment system and ADR. The inspection body
shall affix or delegate the manufacturer to affix the pressure receptacle certification marks and the
registered mark of the inspection body to each approved pressure receptacle.
A certificate of compliance, signed by the inspection body and the manufacturer, shall be issued
before the pressure receptacles are filled.

Records

Design type approval and certificate of compliance records shall be retained by the manufacturer and
the inspection body for not less than 20 years.

Approval system for periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles

Definition

For the purposes of this section:
Approval system means a system for competent authority approval of a body performing periodic
inspection and test of pressure receptacles (hereinafter referred to as "periodic inspection and test
body"), including approval of that body’s quality system.

General requirements

Competent authority

The competent authority shall establish an approval system for the purpose of ensuring that the
periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles conform to the requirements of ADR. In instances
where the competent authority that approves a body performing periodic inspection and test of a
pressure receptacle is not the competent authority of the country approving the manufacture of the
pressure receptacle, the marks of the approval country of periodic inspection and test shall be
indicated in the pressure receptacle marks (see 6.2.2.7).
The competent authority of the country of approval for the periodic inspection and test shall supply,
upon request, evidence demonstrating compliance to this approval system including the records of the
periodic inspection and test to its counterpart in a country of use.
The competent authority of the country of approval may terminate the approval certificate referred to
in 6.2.2.6.4.1, upon evidence demonstrating non-compliance with the approval system.

 

The competent authority may delegate its functions in this approval system, in whole or in part.

The competent authority shall ensure that a current list of approved periodic inspection and test bodies
and their identity marks is available.

Periodic inspection and test body

 
The periodic inspection and test body shall be approved by the competent authority and shall:
 
(a) Have a staff with an organizational structure, capable, trained, competent, and skilled, to 
satisfactorily perform its technical functions;
 
(b)         Have access to suitable and adequate facilities and equipment;
 
(c)   Operate in an impartial manner and be free from any influence which could prevent it from   
doing so;
 
(d)         Ensure commercial confidentiality;
 
(e) Maintain clear demarcation between actual periodic inspection and test body functions and 
unrelated functions;
 
(f)          Operate a documented quality system accordance with 6.2.2.6.3;
 
(g)         Apply for approval in accordance with 6.2.2.6.4;
 
(h)         Ensure that the periodic inspections and tests are performed in accordance with 
6.2.2.6.5; and
 
(i)          Maintain an effective and appropriate report and record system in accordance with 
6.2.2.6.6.
 

Quality system and audit of the periodic inspection and test body

Quality system

The quality system shall contain all the elements, requirements, and provisions adopted by the
periodic inspection and test body. It shall be documented in a systematic and orderly manner in the
form of written policies, procedures, and instructions.
The quality system shall include:
(a) A description of the organizational structure and responsibilities;
(b) The relevant inspection and test, quality control, quality assurance, and process operation
instructions that will be used;
(c) Quality records, such as inspection reports, test data, calibration data and certificates;
(d) Management reviews to ensure the effective operation of the quality system arising from the
audits performed in accordance with 6.2.2.6.3.2;
(e) A process for control of documents and their revision;
(f) A means for control of non-conforming pressure receptacles; and
(g) Training programmes and qualification procedures for relevant personnel.

Audit

The periodic inspection and test body and its quality system shall be audited in order to determine
whether it meets the requirements of ADR to the satisfaction of the competent authority.
An audit shall be conducted as part of the initial approval process (see 6.2.2.6.4.3). An audit may be
required as part of the process to modify an approval (see 6.2.2.6.4.6).
 
Periodic audits shall be conducted, to the satisfaction of the competent authority, to ensure that the
periodic inspection and test body continues to meet the requirements of ADR.
The periodic inspection and test body shall be notified of the results of any audit. The notification
shall contain the conclusions of the audit and any corrective actions required.

 

Maintenance of the quality system

The periodic inspection and test body shall maintain the quality system as approved in order that it
remains adequate and efficient.
The periodic inspection and test body shall notify the competent authority that approved the quality
system, of any intended changes, in accordance with the process for modification of an approval
in 6.2.2.6.4.6.

Approval process for periodic inspection and test bodies

Initial approval

A body desiring to perform periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles in accordance with a
pressure receptacle standard and ADR shall apply for, obtain, and retain an approval certificate issued
by the competent authority.
This written approval shall, on request, be submitted to the competent authority of a country of use.
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