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Certification Scheme of

Materials and Equipment for


the Classification of Marine Units

July 2011

Rule Note
NR 320 DT R02 E

Marine Division
92571 Neuilly sur Seine Cedex France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 55 24 70 00 Fax: + 33 (0)1 55 24 70 25
Marine website: http://www.veristar.com
Email: veristarinfo@bureauveritas.com
2011 Bureau Veritas - All rights reserved
MARINE DIVISION
GENERAL CONDITIONS
ARTICLE 1 5.4. - The Services of the Society cannot create any obligation bearing on the Society or constitute any
1.1. - BUREAU VERITAS is a Society the purpose of whose Marine Division (the "Society") is the classi- warranty of proper operation, beyond any representation set forth in the Rules, of any Unit, equipment or
fication (" Classification ") of any ship or vessel or structure of any type or part of it or system therein col- machinery, computer software of any sort or other comparable concepts that has been subject to any sur-
lectively hereinafter referred to as a "Unit" whether linked to shore, river bed or sea bed or not, whether vey by the Society.
operated or located at sea or in inland waters or partly on land, including submarines, hovercrafts, drilling ARTICLE 6
rigs, offshore installations of any type and of any purpose, their related and ancillary equipment, subsea 6.1. - The Society accepts no responsibility for the use of information related to its Services which was not
or not, such as well head and pipelines, mooring legs and mooring points or otherwise as decided by the provided for the purpose by the Society or with its assistance.
Society.
6.2. - If the Services of the Society cause to the Client a damage which is proved to be the direct
The Society: and reasonably foreseeable consequence of an error or omission of the Society, its liability to-
prepares and publishes Rules for classification, Guidance Notes and other documents (Rules); wards the Client is limited to ten times the amount of fee paid for the Service having caused the
issues Certificates, Attestations and Reports following its interventions (Certificates); damage, provided however that this limit shall be subject to a minimum of eight thousand (8,000)
publishes Registers. Euro, and to a maximum which is the greater of eight hundred thousand (800,000) Euro and one
1.2. - The Society also participates in the application of National and International Regulations or Stand- and a half times the above mentioned fee.
ards, in particular by delegation from different Governments. Those activities are hereafter collectively re- The Society bears no liability for indirect or consequential loss such as e.g. loss of revenue, loss
ferred to as " Certification ". of profit, loss of production, loss relative to other contracts and indemnities for termination of oth-
1.3. - The Society can also provide services related to Classification and Certification such as ship and er agreements.
company safety management certification; ship and port security certification, training activities; all activi- 6.3. - All claims are to be presented to the Society in writing within three months of the date when the Serv-
ties and duties incidental thereto such as documentation on any supporting means, software, instrumen- ices were supplied or (if later) the date when the events which are relied on of were first known to the Client,
tation, measurements, tests and trials on board. and any claim which is not so presented shall be deemed waived and absolutely barred. Time is to be in-
1.4. - The interventions mentioned in 1.1., 1.2. and 1.3. are referred to as " Services ". The party and/or its terrupted thereafter with the same periodicity.
representative requesting the services is hereinafter referred to as the " Client ". The Services are pre- ARTICLE 7
pared and carried out on the assumption that the Clients are aware of the International Maritime 7.1. - Requests for Services are to be in writing.
and/or Offshore Industry (the "Industry") practices.
7.2. - Either the Client or the Society can terminate as of right the requested Services after giving
1.5. - The Society is neither and may not be considered as an Underwriter, Broker in ship's sale or char- the other party thirty days' written notice, for convenience, and without prejudice to the provisions
tering, Expert in Unit's valuation, Consulting Engineer, Controller, Naval Architect, Manufacturer, Ship- in Article 8 hereunder.
builder, Repair yard, Charterer or Shipowner who are not relieved of any of their expressed or implied
obligations by the interventions of the Society. 7.3. - The class granted to the concerned Units and the previously issued certificates remain valid until the
date of effect of the notice issued according to 7.2. here above subject to compliance with 2.3. here above
ARTICLE 2 and Article 8 hereunder.
2.1. - Classification is the appraisement given by the Society for its Client, at a certain date, following sur- 7.4. - The contract for classification and/or certification of a Unit cannot be transferred neither assigned.
veys by its Surveyors along the lines specified in Articles 3 and 4 hereafter on the level of compliance of
a Unit to its Rules or part of them. This appraisement is represented by a class entered on the Certificates ARTICLE 8
and periodically transcribed in the Society's Register. 8.1. - The Services of the Society, whether completed or not, involve, for the part carried out, the payment
2.2. - Certification is carried out by the Society along the same lines as set out in Articles 3 and 4 hereafter of fee upon receipt of the invoice and the reimbursement of the expenses incurred.
and with reference to the applicable National and International Regulations or Standards. 8.2. Overdue amounts are increased as of right by interest in accordance with the applicable leg-
2.3. - It is incumbent upon the Client to maintain the condition of the Unit after surveys, to present islation.
the Unit for surveys and to inform the Society without delay of circumstances which may affect the 8.3. - The class of a Unit may be suspended in the event of non-payment of fee after a first unfruitful
given appraisement or cause to modify its scope. notification to pay.
2.4. - The Client is to give to the Society all access and information necessary for the safe and efficient ARTICLE 9
performance of the requested Services. The Client is the sole responsible for the conditions of presenta- 9.1. - The documents and data provided to or prepared by the Society for its Services, and the information
tion of the Unit for tests, trials and surveys and the conditions under which tests and trials are carried out. available to the Society, are treated as confidential. However:
ARTICLE 3 clients have access to the data they have provided to the Society and, during the period of classifica-
3.1. - The Rules, procedures and instructions of the Society take into account at the date of their tion of the Unit for them, to the classification file consisting of survey reports and certificates which
preparation the state of currently available and proven technical knowledge of the Industry. They have been prepared at any time by the Society for the classification of the Unit;
are not a standard or a code of construction neither a guide for maintenance, a safety handbook copy of the documents made available for the classification of the Unit and of available survey reports
or a guide of professional practices, all of which are assumed to be known in detail and carefully can be handed over to another Classification Society, where appropriate, in case of the Unit's transfer
followed at all times by the Client. of class;
Committees consisting of personalities from the Industry contribute to the development of those docu- the data relative to the evolution of the Register, to the class suspension and to the survey status of the
ments. Units, as well as general technical information related to hull and equipment damages, are passed on
3.2. - The Society only is qualified to apply its Rules and to interpret them. Any reference to them to IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) according to the association working
has no effect unless it involves the Society's intervention. rules;
the certificates, documents and information relative to the Units classed with the Society may be
3.3. - The Services of the Society are carried out by professional Surveyors according to the applicable
reviewed during certificating bodies audits and are disclosed upon order of the concerned governmen-
Rules and to the Code of Ethics of the Society. Surveyors have authority to decide locally on matters re-
tal or inter-governmental authorities or of a Court having jurisdiction.
lated to classification and certification of the Units, unless the Rules provide otherwise.
3.4. - The operations of the Society in providing its Services are exclusively conducted by way of The documents and data are subject to a file management plan.
random inspections and do not in any circumstances involve monitoring or exhaustive verifica- ARTICLE 10
tion. 10.1. - Any delay or shortcoming in the performance of its Services by the Society arising from an event
ARTICLE 4 not reasonably foreseeable by or beyond the control of the Society shall be deemed not to be a breach of
contract.
4.1. - The Society, acting by reference to its Rules:
reviews the construction arrangements of the Units as shown on the documents presented by the Cli- ARTICLE 11
ent; 11.1. - In case of diverging opinions during surveys between the Client and the Society's surveyor, the So-
conducts surveys at the place of their construction; ciety may designate another of its surveyors at the request of the Client.
classes Units and enters their class in its Register; 11.2. - Disagreements of a technical nature between the Client and the Society can be submitted by the
surveys periodically the Units in service to note that the requirements for the maintenance of class are Society to the advice of its Marine Advisory Committee.
met. ARTICLE 12
The Client is to inform the Society without delay of circumstances which may cause the date or the 12.1. - Disputes over the Services carried out by delegation of Governments are assessed within the
extent of the surveys to be changed. framework of the applicable agreements with the States, international Conventions and national rules.
ARTICLE 5 12.2. - Disputes arising out of the payment of the Society's invoices by the Client are submitted to the Court
5.1. - The Society acts as a provider of services. This cannot be construed as an obligation bearing of Nanterre, France.
on the Society to obtain a result or as a warranty. 12.3. - Other disputes over the present General Conditions or over the Services of the Society are
5.2. - The certificates issued by the Society pursuant to 5.1. here above are a statement on the level exclusively submitted to arbitration, by three arbitrators, in London according to the Arbitration
of compliance of the Unit to its Rules or to the documents of reference for the Services provided Act 1996 or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof. The contract between the Society
for. and the Client shall be governed by English law.
In particular, the Society does not engage in any work relating to the design, building, production ARTICLE 13
or repair checks, neither in the operation of the Units or in their trade, neither in any advisory serv- 13.1. - These General Conditions constitute the sole contractual obligations binding together the
ices, and cannot be held liable on those accounts. Its certificates cannot be construed as an im- Society and the Client, to the exclusion of all other representation, statements, terms, conditions
plied or express warranty of safety, fitness for the purpose, seaworthiness of the Unit or of its value whether express or implied. They may be varied in writing by mutual agreement.
for sale, insurance or chartering. 13.2. - The invalidity of one or more stipulations of the present General Conditions does not affect the va-
5.3. - The Society does not declare the acceptance or commissioning of a Unit, nor of its construc- lidity of the remaining provisions.
tion in conformity with its design, that being the exclusive responsibility of its owner or builder, 13.3. - The definitions herein take precedence over any definitions serving the same purpose which may
respectively. appear in other documents issued by the Society.
BV Mod. Ad. ME 545 k - 17 December 2008
RULE NOTE NR 320

NR 320
Certification Scheme of Materials and Equipment
for the Classification of Marine Units

SECTION 1 GENERAL

SECTION 2 RECOGNITION (KNOWN AS BV MODE II)

SECTION 3 RECOGNITION FOR ALTERNATIVE SURVEY SCHEME (KNOWN AS


BV MODE I)

SECTION 4 RECOGNITION OF INDEPENDENT TESTING LABORATORY

July 2011
Section 1 General
1 General 5
1.1 Scope
1.2 Definitions
2 Categories of products 5
2.1 Product category IBV
2.2 Product category HBV
2.3 Product category DBV
3 Design review 7
3.1 Case-by-case design review
3.2 Type approval

Section 2 Recognition (known as BV Mode II)


1 First-time application 9
1.1
2 Process 9
2.1 Documentation
2.2 Audit
3 Recognition certificate 9
3.1 Certificate
3.2 Periodical audit
3.3 Application for modification of the recognition certificate
3.4 Application for renewal of the recognition certificate
3.5 Reconsideration and cancellation of the recognition certificate

Section 3 Recognition for Alternative Survey Scheme (known as BV Mode I)


1 General 11
1.1 Scope
1.2 Manufacturers quality system
2 First-time application 11
2.1
3 Process 11
3.1 Documentation
3.2 Manufacture, testing and inspection plan
3.3 Audit
4 Agreement 12
4.1
5 Recognition certificate 12
5.1

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6 Product certificate and markings 12
6.1
7 Periodical audit 12
7.1
8 Application for modification of the recognition certificate 12
8.1
9 Application for renewal of the recognition certificate 12
9.1
10 Reconsideration and cancellation of the recognition certificate 12
10.1

Section 4 Recognition of Independent Testing Laboratory


1 First-time application 13
1.1
2 Process 13
2.1 Documentation
2.2 Audit
3 Recognition certificate 13
3.1 Certificate
3.2 Periodical audit of the certificate
3.3 Application for modification of the recognition certificate
3.4 Application for renewal of the recognition certificate
3.5 Reconsideration and cancellation of the recognition certificate

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NR 320, Sec 1

SECTION 1 GENERAL

1 General "Applicant" means the party and/or its representative


requesting the service to the Society
1.1 Scope "Manufacturer" means the company responsible for the
compliance of the concerned product with the stipu-
1.1.1 This Rule Note gives the certification scheme of lated requirements.
materials and equipment (products) intended to be fitted on
board units to be classed or classed with the Society in 2 Categories of products
accordance with the relevant requirements of the Society's
Rules for Classification.
2.1 Product category IBV
This certification scheme may be extended to conformity
assessment in accordance with international maritime con- 2.1.1 Products having to be certified by the Society individ-
ventions and related texts such as resolutions and perform- ually or per batch in compliance with the applicable
ance codes issued by the International Maritime requirements are categorised as IBV products (e.g. hull steel
Organisation. In this case the attestations or certificates plates).
issued by the Society do not prejudge compliance with any Such products may have to comply with design require-
other requirements that may be specified by the flag author- ments which may include type testing requirements (e.g.
ity of the concerned unit. diesel engine).
This certification scheme may be extended to conformity For some metallic materials, manufacturing process may
assessment in accordance with national regulations when have to be assessed through specific testing programmes
the Society has been granted a delegation by the national given in NR480 (e.g. Hull steel plates).
flag authority.
Assessment of compliance with production requirements
This certification scheme may be extended to conformity consists in checks and tests made upon applicant's request in
assessment in accordance with proprietary specifications or the presence of the Surveyor, unless otherwise agreed. Alter-
industry standards upon request made to and agreed with native procedures to the systematic intervention of the Sur-
the Society. veyor may be agreed with the Society, as detailed in Sec 3.
The principles and conditions of classification of a unit are The general requirements for manufacture, testing and certi-
given in Part A of the relevant Society's Rules for Classifica- fication are given in NR216, Rules on Materials and Weld-
tion. ing for the Classification of Marine Units, Ch 1, Sec 1.
The general requirements for manufacture, testing and certi- Upon satisfactory completion of the assessment, the prod-
fication are given in NR216, Rules on Materials and Weld- ucts are die-stamped with the relevant Society's mark \ or @
ing for the Classification of Marine Units, Ch 1, Sec 1. and a Society's certificate is issued.
The specific requirements for design, manufacture, testing Where the products needs to be marked while the required
and certification are given in the relevant chapters of the inspections and tests have not been completed, the prod-
Bureau Veritas Rules for the Classification of the concerned ucts are die-stamped with the Society's mark for incomplete
unit. A summary of the certification requirements for mate- survey ] and a Society's report is issued.
rials and equipment covered by the class and used or fitted Schematic presentation of the certification scheme of this
on board is given in the Society's document NR 266 in cor- category of products is shown on Fig 1.
respondence with the Rules for the Classification of Steel
Ships (NR467) or Offshore Units (NR445).
2.2 Product category HBV
All the corresponding services are provided within the
scope of Marine Division General Conditions enclosed and 2.2.1 HBV products correspond to products manufactured
made available on the internet site < www.veristar.com >. in series, having to comply with design requirements
assessed through type approval procedure, and manufac-
1.2 Definitions tured by works recognised by the Society (e.g. fuses).
Such products are not required to be certified by the Society
1.2.1 The following general definitions are used in this Rule individually or per batch. Their compliance with the
Note: approved type is solely certified by the manufacturer using
"the Society" means Bureau Veritas Marine Division and his own format of document and marking to allow tracea-
its local offices bility to the approved type.
"Surveyor" means the technical staff of the Society perform- Schematic presentation of the certification scheme of this
ing tasks in relation to classification and survey duties category of products is shown on Fig 2.

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Figure 1 : Certification scheme for IBV product

PRODUCT TYPE lBV

NO DESIGN
DESIGN PHASE PROCESS ASSESSMENT
ASSESSMENT

CASE-BY-CASE
TYPE APPROVAL
DESIGN ASSESSMENT

PRODUCTION PHASE

TRADITIONAL SURVEY - BV MODE II ALTERNATIVE SURVEY SCHEME- BV MODE I


(Work's recognition) Work's recognition

INCOMPLETE SURVEY

Society's brand

PRODUCT CERTIFICATE PRODUCT CERTIFICATE


Society's brand Society's brand B

Figure 2 : Certification scheme for HBV product

PRODUCT TYPE HBV


TYPE APPROVAL PROCESS

DESIGN PHASE - DESIGN TYPE APPROVAL

PRODUCTION PHASE - WORK'S RECOGNITION

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2.3 Product category DBV 3.2 Type approval

3.2.1 First-time application


2.3.1 DBV products correspond to products manufactured
in series and having to comply with design requirements First-time application for type approval is to be made using
assessed through type approval procedure without subse- the appropriate form made available by the Society.
quent intervention of the Society at the manufacturing The application for type approval is normally made by the
works (e.g. cable ties). applicant to the Bureau Veritas Local Office.
Such products are not required to be certified by the Society Where the applicant is not the manufacturer, the applicant
individually or per batch and the manufacturing works is has to submit a written document to the Society specifying
not required to be recognised by the Society. Their compli- the tasks delegated by the manufacturer to the applicant.
ance with the approved type is solely certified by the manu- This document is to be signed by both the applicant and the
facturer using his own format of document and marking to manufacturer.
allow traceability to the approved type. Normally for products of category HBV and DBV, the applica-
Schematic presentation of the certification scheme of this tion is made by the manufacturer responsible for the final
category of products is shown on Fig 3. product. For products of category HBV, the production
places envisaged by the applicant are to be stated to the
Society.
Figure 3 : Certification scheme for DBV product
3.2.2 Technical documentation
The applicant is to submit the technical documentation to
PRODUCT TYPE DBV
the Society, normally in three copies when it is in paper
form or upon agreement with the Society submitted elec-
tronically.
The technical documentation is to contain all the necessary
details allowing the Society to perform the review against
DESIGN PHASE - TYPE APPROVAL
the applicable requirements. The Society may request addi-
tional documentation while the review is under progress.
The typical technical documentation to be submitted con-
sists in:
3 Design review
description of the product
drawings and specifications relevant to the design of the
3.1 Case-by-case design review product
relevant calculation results
3.1.1 Case-by-case design review corresponds to a review
of technical documentation for a specific unit in compli- test reports
ance with the Society's Rules and/or the agreed require- manuals for installation, use and maintenance.
ments.
3.2.3 Type tests
The applicant is to submit the technical documentation to
the Society, normally in three copies when it is in paper Unless otherwise agreed, the applicant is to submit to the Soci-
form or upon agreement with the Society submitted elec- ety the type test program detailing the tests to be carried out,
tronically. The technical documentation is to contain all the the time schedule and the location of the testing facilities.
necessary details allowing the Society to perform the review The specimen to be tested is to be representative of the
against the applicable requirements. The Society may product type for which type approval is applied. Relevant
request additional documentation while the review is under evidences are to be submitted to the Society by the appli-
progress. cant. The specimen to be tested is to be selected in the pres-
ence of the Surveyor, unless otherwise agreed.
Where the applicant is not the manufacturer, the applicant
has to submit a written document to the Society specifying The type tests are to be carried out in the presence of the
the tasks delegated by the manufacturer to the applicant. Surveyor, unless otherwise agreed.
This document is to be signed by both the applicant and the When some tests have been performed before the applica-
manufacturer. tion for type approval, the Society considers the test reports
on a case-by-case basis and may require the type tests to be
Unless otherwise agreed with the Bureau Veritas Local carried out again, partially or totally.
Office, the application for case-by-case design review is
normally made by the applicant to the Bureau Veritas Local Upon completion of the testing, the applicant or its labora-
Plan Approval Office. tory is to issue a test report containing the test results, all the
required details and the conclusion of the testing. The test
Upon completion of the review, a document stating the out- report is to be submitted to the Society as part of the techni-
come of the review is issued by the Society to the applicant. cal documentation.

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NR 320, Sec 1

3.2.4 Certificate 3.2.6 Application for renewal


As necessary, the applicant is to apply for renewal of an
Upon satisfactory completion of the procedure, a certificate
existing type approval certificate, using the appropriate
is issued by the Society to the applicant. Normally the cer- form made available by the Society.
tificate will be given a time validity of 5 years.
The application form contains a statement about the
In general the certificate contains the product designation, absence or the presence of modification the applicant
references of technical documentation, limitations, require- intends to bring to the concerned product. In case of modi-
ments for production phase and marking details. fication, details of the requested modification are to be sub-
mitted to the Society.
In some particular cases when the required type tests have Testing as per the applicable requirements may be required
not been completed, a basic approval certificate may be by the Society where deemed necessary.
issued by the Society to the applicant. Upon satisfactory completion of the procedure, the
renewed certificate is issued by the Society to the applicant.
3.2.5 Application for modification Normally the renewed certificate will be given a time valid-
ity of 5 years.
When necessary, the applicant may apply for a modification
of an existing type approval certificate, using the appropri- 3.2.7 Reconsideration and cancellation of the
ate form made available by the Society. certificate
During the period of validity, the certificate may be can-
Details of the requested modification are to be submitted to celled by the Society when an irregular situation brought to
the Society. the knowledge of the Society has not been corrected by the
applicant to the satisfaction of the Society. An example of
Upon satisfactory completion of the procedure, the modi- irregular situation is when modifications material to the
fied certificate is issued by the Society to the applicant. Nor- approval are made to an approved product type without
mally the term of validity is not changed. informing the Society.

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SECTION 2 RECOGNITION (KNOWN AS BV MODE II)

1 First-time application The scope of the audit may be reduced by the Society, tak-
ing into consideration existing certification to ISO 9001
standard or equivalent.
1.1
For products of category IBV, the recognition process is to be
1.1.1 First-time application for recognition is to be made, regarded as a general audit which does not replace the
using the appropriate form made available by the Society. attendance of the Surveyor to the required tests and exami-
nations.
The application for recognition is normally made by the
manufacturer to the Bureau Veritas Local Office. For products of category HBV, the audit is focused on the
production process of the type approved products.
2 Process
3 Recognition certificate
2.1 Documentation
3.1 Certificate
2.1.1 The following documents are to be submitted by the
manufacturer to the Society:
3.1.1 Upon satisfactory completion of the process, a recog-
outline of the company, e.g. organisation and manage- nition certificate is issued by the Society to the manufac-
ment structure turer.
quality system certification to ISO 9001 or equivalent, if In general the recognition certificate contains the categories
available and types of products considered for the recognition proc-
quality manual and/or documented procedures cover- ess.
ing the items listed in [2.2].
Normally the recognition certificate will be given a time
The Society may request additional documentation while validity of 4 years.
the recognition process is under progress.
3.2 Periodical audit
2.2 Audit
3.2.1 The manufacturer has to apply for periodical audit
2.2.1 The audit of the manufacturers arrangements for pro- during the validity of the recognition certificate.
duction and testing aims at verifying that the following
For products of category IBV, the periodical audit is to be
items are documented and operated by the manufacturer to
applied at the frequency required by the Society which is
the satisfaction of the Society:
normally an annual frequency but may be reduced by the
management of type approval and/or case-by-case Society as far as surveys are performed regularly with satis-
design assessment with the Society factory results.
qualification of special manufacturing processes, like For products of category HBV, the periodical audit is to be
welding procedures applied at the frequency required by the Society, which is
training and qualification of operators like welders, non- normally an annual frequency.
destructive testing operators
purchasing of components subject to certification 3.3 Application for modification of the
requirements recognition certificate
traceability of product
3.3.1 When necessary, the manufacturer has to apply for a
examination and testing, including calibration of testing
modification of an existing recognition certificate, using the
equipment, sampling and traceability of test specimen,
appropriate form made available by the Society.
records
Details of the requested modification are to be submitted to
management of non-conform products
the Society.
management of complaints.
Upon satisfactory completion of the process, the modified
The audit includes a visit of the manufacturing and testing recognition certificate is issued by the Society to the manu-
premises. facturer. Normally the term of validity is not changed.

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3.4 Application for renewal of the recogni- 3.5 Reconsideration and cancellation of the
tion certificate recognition certificate
3.4.1 As necessary, the manufacturer is to apply for 3.5.1 During the period of validity, the certificate may be
renewal of an existing recognition certificate, using the cancelled by the Society when an irregular situation
appropriate form made available by the Society. brought to the knowledge of the Society has not been cor-
In case of modification, details of the requested modifica- rected by the manufacturer to the satisfaction of the Society.
tion are to be submitted to the Society. An example of irregular situation is when modifications
material to the approval are made to an approved product
Upon satisfactory completion of the process, the renewed
type without informing the Society.
recognition certificate is issued by the Society to the manu-
facturer.
Normally the renewed recognition certificate will be given
a time validity of 4 years.

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NR 320, Sec 3

SECTION 3 RECOGNITION FOR ALTERNATIVE SURVEY


SCHEME (KNOWN AS BV MODE I)

1 General The Society may request additional documentation while


the recognition process is under progress.
1.1 Scope
3.2 Manufacture, testing and inspection
1.1.1 The alternative survey scheme BV Mode I may be plan
applied to products of category IBV subject to the agreement
of the Society considering the type of product and the quan- 3.2.1 The manufacturer is to submit a document detailing
tities produced. the examinations and tests that he will carry out before, dur-
An agreed alternative survey scheme allows the manufac- ing and after manufacture for each type of product or line of
turer to carry out the required tests and examinations partly products concerned by the alternative survey scheme.
or totally without the attendance of the Surveyor. This document is to contain:
The alternative survey scheme applies only to examination the necessary details showing that the examinations and
and testing operations carried out by the manufacturer or by tests planned are defined to comply with the applicable
its subcontractors under its control. It does not include the requirements for the concerned product
design review activities which remain to be done as per the provisions to define the extent of the alternative survey
relevant procedures for the concerned products. scheme as examinations, and tests may be agreed to be
partly of totally carried out without attendance of the
1.2 Manufacturers quality system Surveyor.

1.2.1 The manufacturer has to operate a quality manage- Normally, the status of the Society's intervention for the
ment system certified for compliance to ISO 9001 or to an attendance to examination and tests under the alternative
equivalent standard acceptable to the Society. The certified scheme is shown using:
quality management system is to cover the production and hold, when attendance of the Surveyor is mandatory
testing activities for the concerned products. witness, when the Surveyor is to be invited to attend by
The application for recognition is normally made by the the manufacturer
applicant to the Bureau Veritas Local Office. spot check, when the Surveyor may attend at agreed
intervals
2 First-time application no intervention.
Once agreed by the Society, this plan is part of the agree-
2.1
ment as detailed in [4].
2.1.1 First-time application for recognition for alternative
survey scheme is to be made using the appropriate form 3.3 Audit
made available by the Society.
The application for recognition is normally made by the 3.3.1 The audit of the manufacturers arrangements for pro-
manufacturer to the Bureau Veritas Local Office. duction and testing aims at verifying that the following
items are documented and operated by the manufacturer to
the satisfaction of the Society:
3 Process
management of type approval and/or case-by-case
design assessment with the Society
3.1 Documentation
qualification of special manufacturing processes like
3.1.1 The following documents are to be submitted by the welding procedures
manufacturer to the Society: training and qualification of operators like welders, non-
outline of company, e.g. organisation and management destructive testing operators
structure purchasing of components subject to certification
quality system certification to ISO 9001 or equivalent, requirements
together with the last audit report traceability of product
manufacture, testing and inspection plan as detailed in examination and testing according to the manufacture,
[3.2] testing and inspection plan, including calibration of test-
quality manual and/or documented procedures cover- ing equipment, sampling and traceability of test speci-
ing the items listed in [3.3]. men, records

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management of subcontracted activities related to pro- 7 Periodical audit


duction and testing

management of markings and Society's die mark 7.1


management of internal audits 7.1.1 The manufacturer has to apply for:
management of non-conform products periodical audit during the validity of the recognition
certificate as per the agreement, and
management of complaints.
the Society's interventions as per the agreed manufac-
The audit includes a visit of the manufacturing and testing ture, testing and inspection plan.
premises.

Where the manufacturer is subcontracting significant parts 8 Application for modification of the
of the product, the Society may require to audit the manu- recognition certificate
facturer's subcontractor.
8.1
When necessary to assess the above items, the Society may
refer to the relevant articles of the quality management sys-
8.1.1 When necessary, the manufacturer may apply for a
tem standard used by the manufacturer and /or to the Soci- modification of an existing recognition certificate, using the
ety's Rules for classification. appropriate form made available by the Society.
Details of the requested modification are to be submitted to
4 Agreement the Society.

Upon satisfactory completion of the process, the modified


4.1 recognition is issued by the Society to the manufacturer.
Normally the term of validity is not changed.
4.1.1 The alternative survey scheme is subject to an agree-
ment between the manufacturer and the Society, using the 9 Application for renewal of the
form made available by the Society. recognition certificate

5 Recognition certificate 9.1

9.1.1 As necessary, the manufacturer is to apply for


5.1 renewal of an existing recognition certificate, using the
appropriate form made available by the Society.
5.1.1 Upon satisfactory completion of the recognition
In case of modification, details of the requested modifica-
process, a recognition certificate is issued by the Society to tion are to be submitted to the Society.
the manufacturer.
Upon satisfactory completion of the process, the renewed
The recognition certificate contains a general description of recognition certificate is issued by the Society to the manu-
the categories and types of products concerned by the alter- facturer.
native survey scheme. Normally the renewed recognition certificate will be given
a time validity of 4 years.
Normally the recognition certificate will be given a time
validity of 4 years.
10 Reconsideration and cancellation of
6 Product certificate and markings the recognition certificate

10.1
6.1
10.1.1 During the period of validity, the recognition certifi-
6.1.1 The product certificates are to be issued by the manu- cate may be cancelled by the Society when an irregular sit-
facturer as per the agreement and are to be submitted to the uation brought to the knowledge of the Society has not
Society for endorsement. been corrected by the manufacturer to the satisfaction of
the Society. An example of irregular situation is when modi-
The products are to be marked by the manufacturer as per fications material to the approval are made to an approved
the agreement. product type without informing the Society.

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SECTION 4 RECOGNITION OF INDEPENDENT TESTING


LABORATORY

1 First-time application The Society's requirements for attendance of a Surveyor to


the tests and examinations for materials or equipment to be
certified by the Society are given in the recognition certifi-
1.1 cate.
1.1.1 First-time application for recognition of independent
testing laboratory is to be made using the appropriate form 3 Recognition certificate
made available by the Society.
The application for recognition is normally made by the 3.1 Certificate
laboratory to the Bureau Veritas Local Office.
3.1.1 Upon satisfactory completion of the recognition
process, a recognition certificate is issued by the Society to
2 Process the laboratory.
The recognition certificate contains the scope of testing
2.1 Documentation activities considered for the recognition process and the
requirements for attendance by a Surveyor.
2.1.1 The following documents are to be submitted by the
Normally the recognition certificate will be given a time
laboratory to the Society:
validity of 4 years.
outline of laboratory, e.g. organisation and managemen
structure
3.2 Periodical audit of the certificate
quality system certification to ISO 9001 or equivalent,
when available 3.2.1 The laboratory is to apply for periodical assessment
accreditation certificate by national accreditation body, during the validity of the recognition certificate, as agreed
when available with the Society.

quality manual and/or documented procedures cover-


ing the items listed in [2.2]. 3.3 Application for modification of the
recognition certificate
The Society may request additional documentation while
the recognition process is under progress. 3.3.1 When necessary, the laboratory may apply for a mod-
ification of an existing recognition certificate, using the
appropriate form made available by the Society.
2.2 Audit
Details of the requested modification are to be submitted to
2.2.1 The audit of the laboratorys arrangements for testing the Society.
aims at verifying that the following items are documented Upon satisfactory completion of the recognition process,
and operated by the laboratory to the satisfaction of the the modified certificate is issued by the Society to the labo-
Society: ratory. Normally the term of validity is not changed.
training and qualification of personnel engaged in test-
ing operations 3.4 Application for renewal of the recogni-
testing standards and testing procedures tion certificate
management of testing equipment including calibration
3.4.1 As necessary, the laboratory is to apply for renewal of
sampling and traceability of test specimen an existing recognition certificate, using the appropriate
testing records form made available by the Society.
management of subcontracted activities related to testing In case of modification, details of the requested modifica-
tion are to be submitted to the Society.
management of complaints.
Upon satisfactory completion of the recognition process,
The audit includes a visit of the testing facilities. the renewed recognition certificate is issued by the Society
The scope of the audit may be reduced by the Society taking to the laboratory.
into consideration existing certification to ISO 9001 stand- Normally the renewed recognition certificate will be given
ard or equivalent and/or existing accreditation. a time validity of 4 years.

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3.5 Reconsideration and cancellation of the


recognition certificate
3.5.1 During the period of validity, the recognition certifi-
cate may be cancelled by the Society when an irregular sit-
uation brought to the knowledge of the Society has not
been corrected by the laboratory to the satisfaction of the
Society.

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