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STANDARDS PUBLICATION

QP STANDARD FOR
NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
Part 1 : Contractor/Subcontractor Management
System and Personnel Qualification

DOC NO: QP- STD- R- 008 - 1


Formerly ES-S-60, section 2

REVISION 1

CORPORATE QUALITY & MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT


QP STANDARD FOR NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page No.

FOREWORD

1.0 OBJECTIVE …………………………………………………………................... 4

2.0 SCOPE………………………………………………………………..................... 4

3.0 APPLICATION ………………………………………………………................... 4

4.0 TERMINOLOGY …………………………………………………….................... 4


4.1 DEFINITIONS ……………………………………………………….................... 4
4.2 ABBREVIATIONS …………………………………………………….................. 5

5.0 REFERENCE STANDARDS AND CODES ……………………….................. 6


5.1 INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS……………….............................................. 6
5.2 QP RELATED STANDARDS.......................................................................... 6
5.3 GOVERNMENTAL RULES AND REQUIREMENTS…………………………. 7

6.0 HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT..................................................... 7

7.0 QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM & NDT PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION 7


7.1 MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS……………………………………………... 8
7.2 REPORTING AND RECORDS………………………………………………….. 9
7.3 CONTRACTOR/ SUBCONTRACTOR NDT PERSONNEL
RESPONSIBILITY………………………………………………………………… 10
7.3.1 NDT Coordinator…......................................................................................... 10
7.3.2 NDT Supervisor.............................................................................................. 10
7.3.3 NDT Operatives.............................................................................................. 10
7.3.4 Radiation Protection Officer………. …………………………………………….. 10
7.4 QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF NDT PERSONNEL……..…… 11
7.4.1 NDT Coordinator........................................................................................... 11
7.4.2 NDT Supervisor.............................................................................................. 11
7.4.3 NDT Operatives…………………………………………………………………… 11
7.4.4 Radiation Protection Officer……………………………………………………… 11
7.5 SUPPLEMENTARY TO ISO 9712………………………………………………. 11

REVISION HISTORY LOG............................................................................ 13

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FOREWORD
This document has been developed by Working Group 5 (Welding, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
and Quality Control (QC)) and managed by Corporate Quality and Management Systems
Department, reviewed by User Departments and endorsed by concerned QP Management for use
as Corporate Standard.
This document is the replacement of section 2 ―Method of Operation and Personnel Qualification‖
of ―Specification for the Non-Destructive Testing of Welds, ES-S-60‖. This document will supersede
section 2 of the said specification and serve as technical guidance for preparing project
specifications on the specific subject. This document shall be used in conjunction with ISO 9712-
2011. Clause 7.5 of this standard is supplementary to ISO 9712 standard.
This standard, QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing - Part 1, Contractor/Subcontractor
Management System (MS) and Personnel Qualification, QP-STD-R-008-1, is the first part of series
covering QP Non-Destructive Testing requirements.
Other new standards replacing the other sections of ES-S-60 will be issued separately as follows:
 QP-STD-R-008-2 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Radiographic Testing (RT)
 QP-STD-R-008-3 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
 QP-STD-R-008-4 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Magnetic Testing (MT)
 QP-STD-R-008-5 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Penetrant Testing (PT)
 QP-STD-R-008-6 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Visual Testing (VT)
 QP-STD-R-008-7 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Eddy Current Testing (ET)
 QP-STD-R-008-8 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Infrared Thermo-graphic Testing
(TT)
 QP-STD-R-008-9 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Leak Testing (LT)
 QP-STD-R-008-10 QP Standard for Non Destructive Testing, Acoustic Emission Testing (AT)

This document is published for the utilization of project teams, business units, QP Departments
and Contractors / Consultants employed by them. It should be emphasized that the document is to
be used for QP operations wherever applicable and appropriate.
The document in its present numbering, layout and format was prepared in accordance with the
standardization procedures (QP-PRC-A-001 & QP-PRC-A-003).
The document in its present form reflects as far as possible the current QP requirements taking
into account the known available industry practices and the applicable latest national and
international codes and standards.
The document is subjected to periodical review to re-affirm its adequacy or to conform to any
changes in the corporate requirements or to include new developments on its subject.
It is recognized that there will be cases where addenda, data sheets, or other clarifications need to
be attached to the standard to suit a specific application or service environment. As such, the
content of the document shall not be changed or re-edited by any user (QP or its contractors,
suppliers, agents, etc.), but any addenda or clarifications entailing any changes shall be brought to
the attention of the Custodian Department.
The Custodian of this document is Corporate Quality and Management Systems Department, QAC
Division. Therefore, all technical comments, views, recommendations, etc on this document should
be forwarded to: The Manager, Corporate Quality and Management Systems Department Manager
Year: 2012

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1.0 OBJECTIVE
This standard defines the minimum requirements for the Contractor/Subcontractor
Management System (MS) and Personnel Qualification for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
activities for Qatar Petroleum (QP) for new and existing facilities. This standard covers the
minimum required education, training, examination and experience for personnel who will
conduct the following NDT methods:
 Acoustic Emission Testing (AT)
 Eddy Current Testing (ET)
 Infrared Thermo-graphic Testing (TT)
 Leak Testing (LT)
 Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
 Penetrant Testing (PT)
 Radiographic Testing (RT)
 Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
 Visual Testing (VT)
QP may impose additional personnel qualification requirements deemed necessary for
any special nonconventional NDT methods and techniques. The requirements for other
NDT methods, which are not mentioned above, shall be advised by QP in case-by-case
basis.
2.0 SCOPE
This standard is applicable on all QP projects, new facilities and existing facilities
including service requirements in onshore and offshore.
QP concerned directorates and departments will follow the requirements of this standard.
This standard specifies QP‗s requirements for the qualification of NDT Contractors &
Subcontractors and NDT personnel qualification and certification as detailed in clause 7.5
of this standard.
3.0 APPLICATION
Application of this standard shall extend to the NDT Contractors/ Subcontractors, who
will be providing NDT services in Operations and QP projects through QP appointed
EPIC / Construction Contractors. NDT Contractors/Subcontractors shall adhere to all
the requirements stated in this standard without any exclusion.
This standard shall be also applied on all Manufactures and Vendors and their sub-
vendors who will provide any material or equipment for QP. The requirements of this
standard shall be included in Manufactures‘ and Vendors‘ relevant procedures and
Inspection and Test plans. However, other equivalent systems may be accepted by
QP at Manufactures and Vendors premises
4.0 TERMINOLOGY
4.1 DEFINITIONS
The following definitions apply throughout this standard:
Company - QP or appointed managing consultant
Contractor - The party which entered into contract with QP for providing the

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required NDT services and activities as mentioned in a written


agreement
Sub-contractor - The party which entered into contract with EPIC Contractor for
providing the required NDT services and activities for QP as
mentioned in a written agreement.
Manufacture/ - The party, which entered into agreement with QP or Contractor
Vendor for manufacturing, fabricating or supplying any items for delivery
to QP or Contractor.
Shall - It is used where the provision is an absolute requirement to be
followed strictly in order to conform to this standard.
NDT Level I, II - As given in ISO 9712-2011.
& III
The term 'approve' as applied to the Company is used where Company does not wish
work to proceed unless certain features have been agreed in writing with the
CONTRACTOR. This does not mean that all the details of a document have been
considered by Company and does not absolve the CONTRACTOR of his
responsibilities.
All communication, both documentary and spoken, shall be in the English Language
and all dimensions and weights shall be in SI units.
4.2 ABBREVIATIONS
ACCP - ASNT Central Certification Program
ASNT - American Society for Non-Destructive Testing
BINDT - British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
CSWIP - Certification Scheme for Weldment Inspection Personnel by TWI
DGZPF - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfung (German
Society for Non-Destructive Testing).
EPIC - Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning
ET - Eddy Current Testing
HSE - Health, Safety & Environment
PT - Penetrant Test
LT - Leak Testing
MoE - Ministry of Environment
MS - Management System
MT - Magnetic Test
NDT - Non-Destructive Testing
PCN - Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing
PQP - Project Quality Plan
QA - Quality Assurance

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QC - Quality Control
QP - Qatar Petroleum
RPO - Radiation Protection Officer
RT - Radiographic Testing
TT - Infrared Thermo-graphic Testing
TWI - Formerly: The Welding Institute in UK
UT - Ultrasonic Testing
VT - Visual Testing
IAEA - INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY

5.0 REFERENCE STANDARDS AND CODES


5.1 INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

ISO 9001 - Quality Management Systems - Requirements


ISO 14001 - Environmental management systems - Requirements with
guidance for use
BS OHSAS18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
Requirements
ISO 9712 - Non-Destructive Testing - Qualification and Certification of
Personnel
SNT TC 1A - ASNT Recommended Practice for Personnel Qualification
and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel.
ANSI/ASNT CP-189 - ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Non-
destructive Testing Personnel
ANSI/ASNT CP-106 - Nondestructive Testing-Qualification and Certification of
(ISO 9712M) personnel
BS EN 473 - Non-destructive testing - Qualification and certification of
NDT personnel - General principles
ASTM E 543 - Standard Specification for Agencies Performing
Nondestructive Testing
IAEA SAFETY - RADIATION PROTECTION AND SAFETY IN INDUSTRIAL
REPORTS SERIES RADIOGRAPHY
No. 13.
IAEA SAFETY - RADIATION SAFETY IN INDUSTRIAL RADIOGRAPHY
STANDARDS
SERIES No. SSG-11,
SPECIFIC SAFETY
GUIDE

5.2 QP RELATED STANDARDS


QP-STD-Q-004 - Corporate Standard for Quality Requirements for Projects
QP-REG-S-001 - HSE Regulation for Contractors
QP-PHL-S-001 - Corporate Philosophy for Fire and Safety

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QP-GDL-V-001 - QP Guideline for Waste Management


QP-STD-S-056 - QP Radiation Safety Standard for Industrial Radiography
QP-STD-Q-003 - QP Standard for Quality Requirements for Procurements of
Material and Equipment
QPR-OM(G)-029 - Gas Operations Procedure for Radiation Protection

5.3 GOVERNMENTAL RULES AND REQUIREMENTS


Qatari Executive Regulations of the Decree- Law No. 31 of Year 2002 and its
amendment on 2006‖ to Qatari Executive Regulations of the Decree- Law No. 31 of
Year 2002 and its latest amendment.
NOTE: In the event of any conflict between this document and the standards/ codes
referenced herein or other purchase or contractual requirements, the most stringent
requirement shall apply. However, any conflict shall be highlighted to the Custodian
Department for resolution and approval.

6.0 HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT


6.1 NDT Contractors and Subcontractors shall have, maintain and implement HSE
management system in accordance with QP regulations and standards.
6.2 NDT Contractors and Subcontractors shall comply with the requirements of QP standard
―QP Radiation Safety Standard for Industrial Radiography, Doc. No.: QP-STD-S-056‖ and
―Procedure for Radiation Protection in Gas Operation, Doc. No.: QPR-OM (G)-029‖.
6.3 NDT Contractors and Subcontractors‘ Radiation Safety and Emergency procedures shall
be approved by MoE and QP HSE.
6.4 NDT Contractors and Subcontractors shall indicate in their organogram the personnel who
will mange the Radiation Emergency and their contacts.
6.5 All necessary health, safety and environmental procedures and permits shall be
established & approved by QP HSE and employed to protect personnel and the
surrounding environment during on-site and field works.
6.6 All relevant safety requirements of QP Safety and Fire Regulations and the Corporation‘s
HSE policy shall be adhered to while performing works within QP operation areas.
6.7 For pressure equipment, suitably qualified personnel shall carry out non-destructive tests
of permanent joints.
6.8 Contractors and Subcontractors must comply with the Executive Regulations of the
Decree- Law No. 31 of Year 2002 and its amendment on 2006 Concerning Radiation
Protection and provide the following licenses issued by the Ministry of Environment and
approved by QP HSE, however, these requirements may not be applicable at
Manufactures and Vendors premises:
 License of import/export of isotopes and X-Ray machine
 License for location where to store isotopes and X-Ray machine
 License for storage of isotopes and X-Ray machine
 License for utilization of isotopes and X-Ray machine.

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 Licenses for personnel to work in ionizing radiation field (individual licenses


including Radiation Protection Officer – RPO).
 License for transportation of isotopes and X-Ray machine.
7.0 QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM & NDT PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION
All NDT Contractors and Subcontractors shall have, maintain and implement MS in
accordance with this standard and the following standards:
QP-STD-Q-004 Corporate Standard for Quality Requirements for Projects
QP-REG-S-001 QP HSE Regulation for Contractors
QP-GDL-V-001 QP Guideline for Waste Management
ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems - Requirements
ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with
guidance for use
BS OHSAS18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
Requirements

All NDT Contractors and Subcontractors shall utilize NDT Personnel Qualification
System in accordance with this standard. This system shall be documented, distributed
and implemented.
However, currently approved NDT Contractors and Subcontractors will be given a
transition period of two years, from the issue date of this standard, to adjust their
systems according to the requirements of this standard.
7.1 MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS
Only approved NDT Contractor/Subcontractors shall be permitted to provide the
required NDT services for QP. New NDT Contractor/Subcontractors seeking QP
approval shall be subjected to a prequalification process, including physical audit,
before approval.
Before the commencement of NDT work in any contract, the approved/assigned
Contractor/Subcontractor shall submit the following documentation for QP approval:
a) Project Quality Plan (PQP) as per QP standard QP-STD-Q-004 and ISO 9001:2008
Quality Management System Requirements.
b) Project HSE Plan as per QP-REG-S-001: QP HSE Regulation for Contractors, QP-
GDL-V-001: QP Guideline for Waste Management, ISO 14001: Environmental
Management Systems - Requirements with guidance for use and BS OHSAS18001:
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements.
c) An organogram which defines the role of the Contractor's staff responsible for NDT.
d) An internal quality manual relating to NDT operations.
e) Written NDT procedures (approved by the contractor NDT Level 3 certified as per
sub-clause 7.5), including procedure qualification tests and reports/records formats.

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f) A list of NDT operatives and supervisory staff, supported by relevant certification and
supplementary evidence. NDT personnel Certificates shall be issued by QP
recognized and accepted Certification Body.
g) A list of equipment to be used (attached with its calibration certificates as applicable)
under the contract.
h) Contractor/Subcontractor may propose new alternative NDT methods and
techniques as long as necessary to QP review and approval.
i) QP shall attend all the NDT procedure qualification tests as and when required
specially for new methods and techniques. Contractor/Subcontractor shall notify QP
in advance by all of these qualifications.
j) Contractor/Subcontractor shall ensure that there is adequate number of the
approved NDT personnel as per the scope of work.
k) CONTRACTOR/Subcontractor shall provide all the required inspection/testing
equipment, materials, accessories, consumables, tools and computers to perform
the specified NDT as per the scope of work and the required quality.
The effectiveness of quality management system and quality plan used by Contractor/
Subcontractor shall be subject to monitoring by QP and in addition may be audited
following an agreed period of notice.
7.2 REPORTING AND RECORDS
Contractor/Subcontractor shall be responsible for the accuracy and the validity of all
NDT reports submitted to QP Site. NDT reports produced during the contract shall be
collated, processed by the contractor and used to produce a post contract report.
The style and the format of the post contract report shall be subject to approval by QP.
Any additional requirements, specified in the related QP standard for NDT for any test
method, shall be submitted to QP.
Contractor/Subcontractor shall report any accessibility limitation which may affect the
effectiveness of the applied test method along with a suitable proposed technique to
overcome this limitation.
Contractor/Subcontractor shall adhere to the project schedule and avoid any NDT
backlog. Any NDT backlog shall be reported immediately to QP along with the
proposed corrective action.
All non-conformities shall be reported immediately by Contractor/Subcontractor to QP
along with the proposed preventive and corrective actions.
Retention of testing records and related documents shall be as per QP standard
requirements for the applicable NDT test method. Generally, the minimum retention
period shall be five years. However, in-plant (Refinery) NDT inspection reports shall be
kept until equipment retirement or replacement.
The records shall be stored in suitable and safe location during this period and can be
easily retrieved as needed by QP.

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7.3 CONTRACTOR/SUBCONTRACTOR NDT PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITY


Personnel offered for work in QP facilities shall fully comply with the requirements given
in the following clauses and other related QP NDT Standards, i.e. QP-STD-R-008
series. Authenticated copies of original certification of all personnel shall be submitted
to QP for approval prior to the commencement of operations. Verification of claims of
experience shall be by copies of log books, references and certificates which shall be
submitted by Contractor/Subcontractor.
Details of NDT training, education and performance shall be available for QP scrutiny to
confirm adequate job experience.
7.3.1 NDT Coordinator
Contractor/Subcontractor shall employ an NDT Coordinator who will liaise with QP on
all operational and technical matters related to NDT. The responsibilities of the NDT
Coordinator are as follows, but not limited to:-
a) Submit of necessary documents.
b) Specifying and running of procedure qualification tests.
c) Control of all NDT activities.
d) Data collection and reporting.
e) Equipments and Manpower requirements
7.3.2 NDT Supervisor
Supervision of all NDT operatives on sites shall be carried out by NDT supervisors, who
may also be the NDT Coordinator described in Clause 7.3.1 according to the scope of
work and the work load. Their function is to:-
a) Endorse all NDT reports issued by the NDT operatives.
b) Ensure and witness that the mandatory checks on NDT equipment and
consumables are carried out and reported in accordance with QP specifications and
manufactures‘ recommendations.
c) Ensure that the examination coverage satisfies the requirements defined in the
specifications.
7.3.3 NDT Operatives
QP will assess the suitability of any NDT operative prior to his being accepted for
contract duties. At the discretion of QP‘s sponsoring department this assessment shall
be carried out in the form of a trade test (practical and theory) and interview. The tests
shall be conducted by QP or an independent inspection agency approved by QP. QP
may audit the performance of all NDT personnel as necessary and instruct
Contractor/Subcontractor to cease to employ personnel whose performance is
considered unsatisfactory. Contractor / subcontractor shall terminate any employee
whose performance is considered unsatisfactory.
Classified Radiation worker shall have valid license from MoE and approved by the
respective QP HSE departments to practice radiation works.
7.3.4 Radiation Protection Officer
Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) shall have valid license from MoE and approved by
the respective QP HSE department. RPO shall follow and apply the Safety
Requirements and Safe Working Practice of Industrial Radiography as per the MoE and
QP approved procedures.

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7.4 QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF NDT PERSONNEL


Only NDT personnel who are qualified and certified by independent Certification Body
shall be allowed to work for QP.
All NDT personnel shall be qualified and certified in accordance with ISO 9712 standard
as amended in Sub-clauses 7.5.
NDT personnel qualified and certified as per the following standards and systems are
also acceptable:
ANSI/ASNT CP-106:2008 (ISO 9712:2005, Modified): Nondestructive Testing-
Qualification and Certification of personnel
BS EN473: 2008: Non-destructive testing — Qualification and certification of NDT
personnel — General principles
ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP)
Other equivalent systems may be accepted by QP at Manufactures and Vendors
premises.
7.4.1 NDT Coordinator
NDT Coordinator shall have level III certificates, as per sub-clause 7.5, in the NDT
methods required by the scope of work including Level III in UT and/or RT as a
minimum. And also have, as a minimum, 5 years post certification experiences.
When the NDT co-coordinator takes on the function of the NDT supervisor, the
minimum qualification requirements shall be as that of the NDT supervisor.
7.4.2 NDT Supervisor
NDT Supervisor shall have level III certificates, as per sub-clause 7.5, in the following
NDT methods: RT, UT, MT & PT and any other NDT method required by the scope of
work. And also have, as a minimum, five years post certification experiences. NDT
supervisor shall have a thorough knowledge of the CONTRACTOR's/Subcontractor‘s
MS.
7.4.3 NDT Operatives
NDT Operative shall have level II certificates as a minimum, as per sub-clause 7.5, in
the NDT methods required by the scope of work. And also have, as a minimum, three
years post certification experiences.
7.4.4 Radiation Protection Officer
RPO shall have level II certificates as a minimum, as per sub-clause 7.5, in RT.
7.5 SUPPLEMENTARY TO - ISO 9712
All clauses in ISO 9712 which are not amended shall be applicable as it is.
Clause 5: add the following new sub-clause:
5.2.3 The following certification bodies and their qualification systems are recognized
and accepted by QP, other certification bodies shall be reviewed by QP for approval:
 American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT): ASNT Central Certification
Program (ACCP) and ANSI/ASNT CP-106.
 British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT): Personnel Certification in NDT
(PCN)
 TWI: Certification Scheme for Personnel (CSWIP)

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 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfung (DGZPF); German Socisety for


Non-Destructive Testing

Sub-clause 5.5.3: Modify the last line in sub-clause 5.5.3 as follow: These
requirements shall be described in a documented procedure based on the requirements
of this standard and QP other specified requirements.

Clause 6: add the following after the first paragraph: Only level II and III personnel are
permitted to work for QP.

Sub-clause 7.2.5: delete sub-clauses 2) and 3).

Sub-clause 11.2.1: correct ―9.1b)‖ to be ―10.1b)‖.

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REVISION HISTORY LOG

Revision Number: 1 Date: 22/5/2012

Item Revised: Reason for Change/Amendment:

Changes/Amendments Made:
This standard has been revised to incorporate latest available industry
practices and the applicable latest national and international codes and
standards.

It has been also revised to satisfy the requirements of the Corporate


standardization documents (QP-PRC-A-001 & QP-PRC-A-003).

Note:

The revision history log shall be updated with each revision of the document. It shall contain a
written audit trail of the reason why the changes/amendments have occurred, what the
changes/amendments were, and the date at which the changes/amendments were made.

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