Quality system and audit of the periodic inspection and test body
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 184.108.40.206.3.2;
(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.
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 220.127.116.11.4.3). An audit may be
required as part of the process to modify an approval (see 18.104.22.168.4.6).
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
Approval process for periodic inspection and test bodies
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.
An application shall be made for each periodic inspection and test body and shall include:
(a) The name and address of the periodic inspection and test body and, if the application is
submitted by an authorised representative, its name and address;
(b) The address of each facility performing periodic inspection and test;
(c) The name and title of the person(s) responsible for the quality system;
(d) The designation of the pressure receptacles, the periodic inspection and test methods, and the
relevant pressure receptacle standards met by the quality system;
(e) Documentation on each facility, the equipment, and the quality system as specified
(f) The qualifications and training records of the periodic inspection and test personnel; and
(g) Details of any refusal of approval of a similar application by any other competent authority.
The competent authority shall:
(a) Examine the documentation to verify that the procedures are in accordance with the
requirements of the relevant pressure receptacle standards and ADR; and
(b) Conduct an audit in accordance with 22.214.171.124.3.2 to verify that the inspections and tests are
carried out as required by the relevant pressure receptacle standards and ADR, to the
satisfaction of the competent authority.
After the audit has been carried out with satisfactory results and all applicable requirements
of 126.96.36.199.4 have been satisfied, an approval certificate shall be issued. It shall include the name of the
periodic inspection and test body, the registered mark, the address of each facility, and the necessary
data for identification of its approved activities (e.g. designation of pressure receptacles, periodic
inspection and test method and pressure receptacle standards).
If the periodic inspection and test body is denied approval, the competent authority shall provide
written detailed reasons for such denial.
Modifications to periodic inspection and test body approvals
Following approval, the periodic inspection and test body shall notify the issuing competent authority
of any modifications to the information submitted under 188.8.131.52.4.2 relating to the initial approval.
The modifications shall be evaluated in order to determine whether the requirements of the relevant
pressure receptacle standards and ADR will be satisfied. An audit in accordance with 184.108.40.206.3.2 may
be required. The competent authority shall accept or reject these modifications in writing, and an
amended approval certificate shall be issued as necessary.
Upon request, the competent authority shall communicate to any other competent authority,
information concerning initial approvals, modifications of approvals, and withdrawn approvals.
Periodic inspection and test and certification
The application of the periodic inspection and test marks to a pressure receptacle shall be considered a
declaration that the pressure receptacle complies with the applicable pressure receptacle standards and
the requirements of ADR. The periodic inspection and test body shall affix the periodic inspection and
test marks, including its registered mark, to each approved pressure receptacle (see 220.127.116.11.7).
A record certifying that a pressure receptacle has passed the periodic inspection and test shall be
issued by the periodic inspection and test body, before the pressure receptacle is filled.
The periodic inspection and test body shall retain records of pressure receptacle periodic inspection
and tests (both passed and failed) including the location of the test facility, for not less than 15 years.
The owner of the pressure receptacle shall retain an identical record until the next periodic inspection
and test unless the pressure receptacle is permanently removed from service.
Marking of refillable UN pressure receptacles
NOTE: Marking requirements for UN metal hydride storage systems are given in 18.104.22.168 and
marking requirements for UN bundles of cylinders are given in 22.214.171.124.