What is it?
EN 10204:2004 is a European standard for material certificates. Based on a German standard, today there are four types of certificates under EN 10204.
Type 3.2 certificates provide the most assurance of a material's properties. It independently declare that the products or material supplied by a manufacturer meet the requirements of the buyer's order.
While EN 10204 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.
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.
We do have a solution for these situations that helps address the main concern, which is independent assurance of the material. We can provide "intent-of" Type 3.2 certification. 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.
It is also important that the purchaser will accept this "intent-of" Type 3.2 certification.
What we do.
As the manufacturer's independent third-party, we prepare the certificate. This means an LR surveyor is able to verify the material's identification and traceability through objective evidence, such as witnessing test results.
We have a long history of independently verifying the properties of materials such as steel, going back now more than 100 years. LR stands for indepenedence and integrity, with an eye toward the safety of society. As a result, manufacturers and end users around the world know they can trust a Type 3.2 certificate we've endorsed.