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EN 10204:2004 Type 3.2 Certification Services

Traceable assurance for safety-critical materials.

Our Type 3.2 inspection and witnessing activities can now be delivered remotely – offering greater flexibility at a competitive fixed modular price.

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EN 10204:2004 is a European standard for material certificates. Originally based on a German standard, today there are four types of certificates under EN 10204. Type 3.2 certificates provide independent assurance of a material's properties. It declares the products or material supplied by a manufacturer meet the requirements of the buyer's order.

While type 3.2 material certificates have traditionally been required in the pressure equipment manufacturing sector in Europe, other geographies and industries are recognising the value of type 3.2 certification. Many oil and gas equipment end users, for example, are now requiring type 3.2 certification of material so they can be sure of the material's integrity. 

Type 3.2 certification helps give companies a new level of confidence as they cope with complex global supply chains and with our remote Type 3.2 inspection and witnessing activities, we can deliver these services at a competitive, fixed modular price.

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What is "intent-of" Type 3.2 certification?

If buyers purchase material from stockists or material suppliers, only type 3.1 certification may be available. If this is the case, true type 3.2 certification is not possible.

In this situation, LR has a solution to address concerns around the independent assurance of the material. We can provide "intent-of" type 3.2 certification, where this is acceptable to the purchaser. This can involve a visit to the material handler for material examination, as well as a visit to the test house to witness all additional testing of the material. Every situation is different.

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As the manufacturer's independent third-party, we prepare the certificate. This means an LR surveyor verifies the material's identification and traceability through objective evidence, such as witnessing test results.

LR has a three-stage inspection process to prepare for a type 3.2 certificate endorsement:

  1. Check material's identity and stamp piece/area to be used for mechanical testing.
  2. Witness/review mechanical and metallurgical testing.
  3. Review all client's documentation against "product specification," then endorse paperwork and inspect/stamp material for release.

It's important to note that companies are different, and many scenarios can come up. Additional inspection or witnessing can be done in line with customer requirements. LR has the experience and flexibility to work with clients to make sure traceability is the end result.

Remote Inspection

We can now deliver our Type 3.2 inspection and witnessing activities remotely. By removing travel costs and increasing efficiency, we can deliver these services at a competitive, fixed modular price.

The remote option provides a flexible and efficient solution that reduces your planning and preparation time. This gives you access to our world-class inspectors from any location, while maintaining the high standards of an on-site inspection.

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