Surveillance of the applicant’s in-house inspection service

The applicant shall:

(a)    Implement an in-house inspection service with a quality system for inspections and tests documented in and subject to surveillance;

(b)    Fulfil the obligations arising out of the quality system as approved and to ensure that it remains satisfactory and efficient;

(c)    Appoint trained and competent personnel for the in-house inspection service; and

(d)    Affix the registered mark of the inspection body where appropriate.

The inspection body shall carry out an initial audit. If satisfactory the inspection body shall issue an authorisation for a period not exceeding three years. The following provisions shall be met:

(a)    This audit shall confirm that the inspections and tests performed on the product are in compliance with the requirements of ADR;

(b)    The inspection body may authorise the in-house inspection service of the applicant to affix the registered mark of the inspection body to each approved product;

(c)    The authorisation may be renewed after a satisfactory audit in the last year prior to the  expiry.
The new period of validity shall begin with the date of expiry of the authorisation; and

(d)    The auditors of the inspection body shall be competent to carry out the assessment of conformity of the product covered by the quality system.

The inspection body shall carry out periodic audits within the duration of the authorisation to make sure that the applicant maintains and applies the quality system. The following provisions shall be met:

(a)    A minimum of two audits shall be carried out in a 12 month period;

(b)    The inspection body may require additional visits, training, technical changes, modifications of the quality system, restrict or prohibit the inspections and tests to be done by the applicant;

(c)    The inspection body shall assess any changes in the quality system and decide whether the modified quality system will still satisfy the requirements of the initial audit or whether a full reassessment is required;

(d)    The auditors of the inspection body shall be competent to carry out the assessment of conformity of the product covered by the quality system; and

(e)    The inspection body shall provide the applicant with a visit or audit report and, if a test has taken place, with a test report.

In cases of non conformity with the relevant requirements the inspection body shall ensure that corrective measures are taken. If corrective measures are not taken in due time, the inspection body shall suspend or withdraw the permission for the in-house inspection service to carry out its activities. The notice of suspension or withdrawal shall be transmitted to the competent authority. A report shall be provided to the applicant giving detailed reasons for the decisions taken by the inspection body.


The technical documentation shall enable an assessment to be made of conformity with the relevant requirements.

Documents for type approval

The applicant shall provide as appropriate:

(a)    The list of standards used for the design and manufacture;

(b)    A description of the type including all variations;

(c)    The instructions according to the relevant column of table A of Chapter 3.2 or a list of dangerous goods to be transported for dedicated products;

(d)    A general assembly drawing or drawings;

(e)    The detailed drawings, including the dimensions used for the calculations, of the product, the service equipment, the structural equipment, the marking and/or the labelling necessary to verify the conformity;

(f)    The calculation notes, results and conclusions;

(g)    The list of the service equipment with the relevant technical data and information on the safety devices including the calculation of the relief capacity if relevant;

(h)    The list of material requested in the standard for manufacture used for every part, sub-part, lining, service and structural equipment and the corresponding material specifications or the corresponding declaration of conformity to ADR;

(i)    The approved qualification of permanent joining process;

(j)    The description of the heat treatment process(es); and

(k)    The procedures, descriptions and records of all relevant tests listed in the standards or ADR for the type approval and for the manufacture.

Documents for the supervision of manufacture

The applicant shall make available as appropriate:

(a)    The documents listed in;

(b)    A copy of the type approval certificate;

(c)    The manufacturing procedures including test procedures;

(d)    The manufacturing records;

(e)    The approved qualifications of permanent joining operators;

(f)    The approved qualifications of the non destructive test operators;

(g)    The reports of the destructive and non destructive tests;

(h)    The heat treatment records; and

(i)    The calibration records.

Documents for initial inspection and tests

The applicant shall make available as appropriate:

(a)    The documents listed in and;

(b)    The material certificates of the product and any sub-parts;

(c)    The declarations of conformity and material certificates of the service equipment; and

(d)    A declaration of conformity including the description of the product and all the variations adopted from the type approval.

Documents for periodic inspections, intermediate inspections and exceptional checks

The applicant shall make available as appropriate:

(a)    For pressure receptacles, the documents specifying special requirements when the manufacturing and periodic inspections and tests standards so require;

(b)    For tanks:

(i)    the tank record; and

(ii)    one or more of the documents mentioned in to

Documents for the assessment of in-house inspection service

The applicant for in-house inspection service shall make available the quality system documentation as appropriate:

(a)    The organizational structure and responsibilities;

(b)    The relevant inspection and test, quality control, quality assurance and process operation instructions, and systematic actions that will be used;

(c)    The quality records, such as inspection reports, test data, calibration data and certificates;

(d)    The management reviews to ensure the effective operation of the quality system arising from the audits in accordance with;

(e)    The process describing how customer and regulation requirements are met;

(f)    The process for control of documents and their revision;

(g)    The procedures for dealing with non-conforming products; and

(h)    The training programmes and qualification procedures for relevant personnel.

Products manufactured, approved, inspected and tested according to standards

The requirements of are considered to have been complied with if the following standards, as relevant, are applied:


Applicable subsection and paragraph


Title of the document to

EN 12972:2007

Tanks for transport of dangerous goods - Testing, inspection and marking of metallic tanks

Procedures for conformity assessment of gas cartridges

When assessing the conformity of gas cartridges, one of the following procedures shall be applied:

(a)    The procedure in section 1.8.7 for non-UN pressure receptacles, with the exception of; or

(b)    The procedure in sub-sections to

General provisions

The supervision of manufacture shall be carried out by an Xa body and the tests as required in 6.2.6 shall be carried out either by that Xa body or by an IS-body approved by that Xa body; for definition of Xa and IS bodies see definitions in Conformity assessment shall be carried out by the competent authority, its delegate or its approved inspection body of a Contracting Party to ADR.

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