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other systems, the EWF Integrated Manufac-
turer Cer tification System has, at present,
also the possibility to cer tify companies ac-
cording to the EWF Environment Management
Scheme (EMS). The EMS was developed with
the aim to cer tify manufacturers of welded
products in compliance with ISO 14001. The
last pillar of the EWF Integrated Manufacturer
Cer tification Scheme was the approval and
implementation of the Health & Safety Man-
agement System (SMS) in 2006.
In terms of the EWF Integrated Manufacturer
Cer tification Scheme, it have been decided
by EWF that a company wishing to be certified
according to requirements of EWF-EMS or
EWF-SMS must first of all to be cer tified ac-
cording to the EWF certification requirements
regarding ISO 3834. Only then it is possible
for the company to apply for the cer tification
in the other cer tification systems.
At the same time EWF has developed specific
supplements for the application of EN ISO
3834 to specific products such as: railway
vehicles and components, pressure equip-
ment, welded structures, and so on, related
to specific EN product standards. The overall
vision is shown in Figure 8 below.
The relationship between IIW/IAB and EWF
with regard to company certification is shown
in Figure 9, and the data on the number of
cer tificates issued is shown in Figure 10.
3. Short Term Challenges
The Quality Assurance system put in place
and coordinated by the Lead Assessors has
proven to be reliable and functional. The
detailed guidelines and operational proce-
dures assure the high level of knowhow and
per formance capabilities of the trainees.
The reputation of the IIW system is growing
worldwide and more countries are joining the
system every year.
The IIW and EWF are aware of the importance
of the mobility of labour within the world wide
community, which requires the best and most
comprehensive harmonisation. Therefore a
lot of work has been put on the harmoni-
sation of a standard examination system,
to ensure that welding personnel trained in
the EWF-IIW/IAB system are examined in
a uniform way, so that those gaining a Di-
ploma in any EWF-IIW/IAB Member will have
achieved the same minimum standard. This
will be obtained by the development and im-
plementation of a EWF-IIW/IAB Harmonised
To achieve the above mentioned goal, rules
and procedures have been approved, and
also an Internet Database Software tool has
been developed.
The Database Software enables several
features, such as: the approval of ques-
tions by Teams of International Exper ts, the
translation of the questions into the several
Members mother languages, automatic gen-
eration of harmonised exams, generation of
statistics regarding the questions used on
the exams and automatic exams scoring.
The Harmonised Examination System is un-
dergoing trials in all ANBs since mid 2008.
Its full implantation is expected to happen
in 2009
Examples of other projects being carried out
to improve the system include the design of
more flexible courses, structured in modules
with new paths, based on skills demonstra-
tion through exams and practical tests. Work
is also going on regarding the introduction of
more distance training modules.
A system for Cer tification of Welders with
the final aim to provide a way to assess and
recognise job competence for the welder is
under development and the related docu-
ment: “EWF Scheme for Cer tification of
Welders, Welding Operators and Brazers”
(EWF-Pr-647-0) is being finalised.
The aim of these improvement projects is
to respond to market demands: for example
reaching more markets and more remote
areas, whilst maintaining the recognised
quality of the systems.
Fur thermore in order to achieve more ‘offi-
cial’ EU recognition for the EWF/IIW qualifica-
tion system, the EWF Secretariat is creating
par tnerships for Leonardo Projects with the
aim of aligning the EWF qualification system
Figure 8. EWF Integrated Manufacturer Cer tification Scheme – Holistic View.
Figure 9. EWF-IIW Manufacturers Cer tification System.