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Quality requirements
for welding
Fusion welding of
metallic materials
Part 4: Elementary quality

The European Standard EN 729-4:1994 has the status of a

British Standard

UDC 621.791.5:669:658.562
BS EN 729-4:1995

Cooperating organizations

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN), under whose supervision

this European Standard was prepared, comprises the national standards
organizations of the following countries:

Austria Oesterreichisches Normungsinstitut

Belgium Institut belge de normalisation
Denmark Dansk Standard
Finland Suomen Standardisoimisliito, r.y.
France Association franaise de normalisation
Germany Deutsches Institut fr Normung e.V.
Greece Hellenic Organization for Standardization
Iceland Technological Institute of Iceland
Ireland National Standards Authority of Ireland
Italy Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione
Luxembourg Inspection du Travail et des Mines
Netherlands Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut
Norway Norges Standardiseringsforbund
Portugal Instituto Portugus da Qualidade
Spain Asociacin Espaola de Normalizacin y Certificacin
Sweden Standardiseringskommissionen i Sverige
Switzerland Association suisse de normalisation
United Kingdom British Standards Institution

This British Standard, having

been prepared under the
direction of the Engineering
Sector Board, was published
under the authority of the
Standards Board and comes Amendments issued since publication
into effect on
15 January 1995
Amd. No. Date Comments
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The following BSI references

relate to the work on this
Committee reference WEE/-/1/6
Draft for comment 92/75859 DC

ISBN 0 580 23134 8

BS EN 729-4:1995


Cooperating organizations Inside front cover
National foreword ii
Foreword 2
Text of EN 729-4 3
National annex NA (informative) Committees responsible Inside back cover
National annex NB (informative) Cross-references Inside back cover

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BS EN 729-4:1995

National foreword

This British Standard has been prepared under the direction of the Engineering
Sector Board and is the English language version of EN 729-4:1994 Quality
requirements for welding Fusion welding of metallic materials
Part 4: Elementary quality requirements, published by the European Committee
for Standardization (CEN).
EN 729-4 was produced as the result of international discussion in which the UK
took an active part.
There has previously been no direct British Standard equivalent to this standard.
Application Standards may request the manufacturer to comply with one of the
Parts of EN 729.
It is assumed that the execution of the provisions of this document is entrusted to
suitably qualified and experienced persons.
A British Standard does not purport to include all the necessary provisions of a
contract. Users of British Standards are responsible for their correct application.
Compliance with a British Standard does not of itself confer immunity
from legal obligations.

Summary of pages
This document comprises a front cover, an inside front cover, pages i and ii,
the EN title page, pages 2 to 4, an inside back cover and a back cover.
This standard has been updated (see copyright date) and may have had
amendments incorporated. This will be indicated in the amendment table on
the inside front cover.

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EUROPISCHE NORM September 1994

UDC 621.791.5:669:658.562

Descriptors: Welding, fusion welding, welded constructions, metal products, quality, quality assurance, manufacturing

English version

Quality requirements for welding

Fusion welding of metallic materials
Part 4: Elementary quality requirements

Exigences de qualit en soudage Soudage Schweitechnische Qualittsanforderungen

par fusion des matriaux mtalliques Schmelzschweien metallischer Werkstoffe
Partie 4: Exigences de qualit lmentaire Teil 4: Elementar-Qualittsanforderungen

This European Standard was approved by CEN on 1994-09-06. CEN members

are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which
stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a
national standard without any alteration.
Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such national
standards may be obtained on application to the Central Secretariat or to any
CEN member.
This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French,
German). A version in any other language made by translation under the
responsibility of a CEN member into its own language and notified to the
Central Secretariat has the same status as the official versions.
CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and
United Kingdom.

European Committee for Standardization
Comit Europen de Normalisation
Europisches Komitee fr Normung

Central Secretariat: rue de Stassart 36, B-1050 Brussels

1994 Copyright reserved to CEN members

Ref. No. EN 729-4:1994 E
EN 729-4:1994

Foreword Contents
This European Standard was prepared by the Page
Technical Committee CEN/TC 121, Welding, of Foreword 2
which the secretariat is held by DS.
1 Scope 3
CEN/TC 121 has decided to submit the final draft
2 Normative references 3
for formal vote by its resolution 173/1993. The
result was positive. 3 Definitions 3
EN 729 is composed of the four following parts: 4 Contract and design review 3
EN 729-1, Quality requirements for welding 5 Subcontracting 3
Fusion welding of metallic materials 6 Welders 4
Part 1: Guidelines for selection and use; 7 Welding equipment 4
EN 729-2, Quality requirements for welding 8 Welding activities 4
Fusion welding metallic materials
9 Welding consumables 4
Part 2: Comprehensive quality requirements;
10 Welding related inspection and testing 4
EN 729-3, Quality requirements for welding
Fusion welding of metallic materials 11 Non-conforming and corrective action 4
Part 3: Standard quality requirements; 12 Quality records 4
EN 729-4, Quality requirements for welding
Fusion welding of metallic materials
Part 4: Elementary quality requirements.
This European Standard has been prepared under a
mandate given to CEN by the Commission of the
European Communities and the European Free
Trade Association, and supports essential
requirements of EC Directive(s).
This European Standard shall be given the status of
a national standard, either by publication of an
identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by
March 1995, and conflicting national standards
shall be withdrawn at the latest by March 1995.
According to the CEN/CENELEC Internal
Regulations, the following countries are bound to
implement this European Standard: Austria,
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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1 Scope 2 Normative references

This standard has been prepared such that: This European Standard incorporates by dated or
it is independent of the type of welded undated reference, provisions from other
construction to be manufactured; publications. These normative references are cited
at the appropriate places in the text and the
it defines quality requirements for welding
publications are listed hereafter. For dated
both in workshops and on site;
references, subsequent amendments to or revisions
it provides guidance for describing a of any of these publications apply to this European
manufacturers capability to produce welded Standard only when incorporated in it by
constructions to meet specified requirements; amendment or revision. For undated references the
it may also be used as a basis for assessing the latest edition of the publication referred to applies.
manufacturer in respect to his welding capability. EN 287-1, Approval testing of welders Fusion
The standard is appropriate when demonstration of welding Part 1: Steels.
a manufacturers capability to produce welded EN 287-2, Approval testing of welders Fusion
construction, fulfilling specified quality welding Part 2: Aluminium and aluminium
requirements, are specified in one or more of the alloys.
EN 473, Non-destructive testing Qualification
a contract between involved parties; and certification of personnel.
an application standard; EN 729-1, Quality requirements for welding
a regulatory requirement. Fusion welding of metallic materials
The requirements contained within this standard Part 1: Guidelines for selection and use.
may be adopted in full or may be selectively deleted prEN 1418, Welding personnel Approval testing
by the manufacturer if not applicable to the of welding personnel for fully mechanized and
construction concerned. They provide a flexible automatic welding of metallic materials.
framework for the control of welding in the following EN 29001:1987, Quality systems Model for
cases: quality assurance in design development,
Case 1 production, installation and servicing.
To provide specific requirements for fusion EN 29002:1987, Quality systems Model for
welding in contracts which require the quality assurance in production and installation.
manufacturer to have a quality system other
than EN 29001 or EN 29002 and where the 3 Definitions
documented welding control has a minor For the purposes of this standard, definitions listed
importance to the overall integrity of the final in EN 729-1 apply.
Case 2 4 Contract and design review
To provide specific requirements for fusion The manufacturer shall review the contractual
welding as guidance to a manufacturer requirements and the design data provided by the
developing a quality system. purchaser or in-house data for products design by
Case 3 the manufacturer. This is to ensure that all
To provide specific requirements for references information necessary to carry out the fabrication
in application standards which uses fusion operations is available prior to the commencement
welding as part of its requirements or in a of the work. The manufacturer shall affirm his
contract between relevant parties. capability to meet all welding contract requirements
and ensure adequate planning of all quality related

5 Subcontracting
Any subcontractor shall work under the order and
responsibility of the manufacturer and shall fully
comply with the relevant requirements of this

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6 Welders The manufacturer should provide reasonable

assistance to third parties (if any) carrying out
All welders and welding operators shall be approved
inspection and testing, if required.
by an appropriate test according to appropriate part
of EN 287 or EN 1418. All records of approval shall 10.2 Inspection and testing personnel
be maintained up to date. The manufacturer shall have at his disposal
sufficient and competent personnel for planning and
7 Welding equipment performing inspection and testing, when required to
Welding equipment shall be maintained so that it is perform such activities.
in good working order. The non-destructive testing personnel shall be
approved according to EN 473.
8 Welding activities
Welding shall be performed in accordance with an
11 Non-conforming and corrective
appropriate welding procedure. action
Measures shall be implemented to control items
9 Welding consumables which do not conform to specified requirements in
The manufacturer shall assure, that appropriate order to prevent their inadvertent use. When repair
welding consumables are used and stored in and/or rectification is undertaken by the
accordance with suppliers specifications. manufacturer, appropriate procedures shall be
available at all workstations where repair or
10 Welding related inspection and rectification is performed. When repair or
rectification is carried out, the items shall be
re-inspected, tested and examined in accordance
10.1 General with the original requirements.
The manufacturer shall provide a sufficient
supervision of the welding production in order to 12 Quality records
assure that the welding is carried out in a manner Quality records required by contract shall be
compatible with good workmanship. retained for a minimum period of 5 years in the
The manufacturer shall carry out all inspection and absence of any other specified requirements.
testing as specified in the contract.

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National annex NA (informative)

Committees responsible
The United Kingdom participation in the preparation of this European Standard was entrusted by the
Engineering Sector Board to Technical Committee WEE/-/1/6 upon which the following bodies were

Associated Offices Technical Committee

British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd.
British Railways Board
Electricity Association
Institute of Quality Assurance
Power Generation Contractors Association (BEAMA Ltd.)
Railway Industry Association of Great Britain
Welding Manufacturers Association (BEAMA Ltd.)

National annex NB (informative)

Publication referred to Corresponding British Standard
BS EN 287 Approval testing of welders for fusion welding
EN 287-1:1992 Part 1:1992 Steels
EN 287-2:1992 Part 2:1992 Aluminium and aluminium alloys
EN 473:1992 BS EN 473:1993 General principles for qualification and certification of NDT
BS EN 729 Quality requirements for welding Fusion welding of metallic
EN 729-1:1994 Part 1:1995 Guidelines for selection and use
BS 5750 Quality systems
EN 29001:19871) Part 1:1987 Specification for design/development, production, installation and
servicing BS 5750 Quality systems
EN 29002:19871) Part 2:1987 Specification for production and installation

EN 29001:1987 and EN 29002:1987 have been superseded by EN ISO 9001:1994 and EN ISO 9002:1994 respectively, which
have been implemented as BS EN ISO 9001:1994 and BS EN ISO 9002:1994 respectively.

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