Guide for new applicants of ASME Certification

This article provides you with information about the procedure for obtaining ASME BPV Certificate of Authorisation and Certification Mark for non-nuclear Code Sections. The organisation applying for Certification is the 'Applicant'. After getting the Certificate the Applicant will become a 'Manufacturer'.

  1. The application should be submitted through CA Connect at least six months prior the scheduled review date. ASME processes the order only after receiving the application forms and fees. 

    Application Forms and Price Information can be downloaded here.

    Or it can be applied online via 'CA Connect'.

    An application is to be submitted for Authorisation to Register (Data Reports) to the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. Instructions can be found here.

  2. At the time of application the Applicant must have in force an inspection contract or agreement with an Authorised Inspection Agency (AIA), like Lloyd's Register Verification Limited.

  3. Necessary ASME Code Books, according to the type of certificate applied for, can be found here.

    The books may be obtained in both hard and electronic copies from ASME directly or from authorised re-sellers.

  4. Establishing and implementing a Quality Control System (QCS) to meet all Code requirements, including:
    • Procedures for welding, NDE, hydrostatic test, heat treatment, and calibration;
    • Demonstration of NDE procedures to the AI;
    • Qualification of NDE and welding personnel;
    • Material;
    • Design;
    • Fabrication;
    • Examination (by the Manufacturer);
    • Inspection (by the Authorised Inspector (AI) of the AIA);
    • Pressure testing;
    • Stamping and Certification.

    The AIA may assist the Applicant in developing a written description of the QCS (mostly a manual). The manual is subject to the acceptance by the AI.

    A Guide for ASME Review Teams will be provided by ASME to Applicants for ASME Certificates of Authorisation for their use in cross referencing the paragraphs in their manual with the applicable control requirements of the Code. This document has to be filled in by the Applicant prior to the Joint Review and gives additionally an impression what elements to be considered in the QCS.

  5. Preparation of the Joint Review:

    The purpose of the revue is to evaluate the Applicant's QCS and its implementation.

    Fabrication functions must be demonstrated by hardware and software using current work, a mock-up or a combination of the two.

    The Applicant must demonstrate on an item that will be fabricated for the requested type of Certificate. For multiple Certificates see details of the Guide for ASME Review Teams. Beside the fabrication of the demo vessel in whole or in part following must be demonstrated:

    • Drawings;
    • Calculations;
    • Part lists;
    • A traveller with assigned examination and inspection items duly signed as accomplished;
    • Internal and external material requests;
    • Material test reports;
    • Qualification of welding procedure and personnel;
    • Qualification of NDE procedure and personnel;
    • Records of NDE reports;
    • Manufacturers Data Report (if the demo vessel is not completed it must not be signed).
  6. Prior to the scheduled date of the Joint Review a Pre-Joint Review should be performed by the AIA to verify the implementation of the QCS and the conformity of the demonstration item.
  7. The Joint Review is conducted jointly with the ASME Designee and the AIA.

    The review normally lasts one and a half day and is performed in following phases:

    • The manual review will take about a half day and will be conducted separately from the applicant’s premises by the ASME Review Team along with the AIA representatives only;
    • Opening meeting;
    • A brief shop tour;
    • Discussion of manual comments;
    • Implementation of software;
    • Implementation of hardware;
    • Private team meeting to find a recommendation regarding issuing or not issuing the Certificate;
    • Exit meeting.
  8. The team recommendation goes to the Committee on Boiler & Pressure Vessel Conformity Assessment (CBPVCA) who has the responsibility to issue or nor not issue a Certificate.