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Apply for recognition as a testing body for pipeline systems


Anyone wishing to operate a testing laboratory for pipeline installations must meet the requirements of Section 6 (2) of the Pipeline Ordinance and apply to the competent authority for recognition of the inspection body.

The testing body can choose from a

  • expert organization, or
  • monitoring body approved under other legislation.

The recognition is valid for the entire federal territory. Equivalent recognitions from other EU/EEA countries are equivalent to recognitions in Germany.

The organizational and technical requirements according to § 6 paragraph 2 of the Pipeline Ordinance and Annex L of the Technical Rule for Pipelines must be fulfilled and proven.

In particular, the verifier shall:

  • be independent (this applies in particular to the staff responsible for managing and conducting the audits)
  • on the information necessary for the adequate and independent performance of the task,
    • Structures
    • at least 5 employees (experts) and
    • have the necessary means and equipment for the inspection of pipelines
  • demonstrate sufficient expertise, experience and reliability of the commissioned personnel and the possibility of further professional training
  • collect and evaluate the knowledge gained during the audits and regularly pass them on internally and to other testing bodies
  • have adequate and effective quality assurance with regular auditing
  • Proof of a quality management system (QM documents related to Annex L of the TRFL)
  • Existing accreditations and recognitions
  • Evidence of the independence of the verifier
  • Proof of the availability of the information required for the independent performance of the tasks
    • required organizational structures
    • required employees (list of employees with assigned test areas according to §5 RohrFLtgV and Annex B to the TRFL)
  • Means and equipment necessary for the inspection of pipeline installations
  • Proof of expertise, experience and reliability of the assigned personnel:
    • Curriculums
    • Proof of professional qualifications
    • Proof of activity
  • for proof of personal independence and reliability:
    • if you are resident in Germany: certificate of good conduct (document type O)
    • in the case of residence abroad: documents from the applicant's home country proving that he or she meets the requirement of personal reliability for the performance of the desired service
    • Declaration of Independence and Reliability (appropriate forms can be requested from the Recognition Authority)
  • Proof of the existence of quality assurance
  • Proof of the conclusion of a liability insurance with a sum insured of at least 2,500,000.00 euros
  • Declaration of exemption (a corresponding form can be requested from the recognition authority)

Recognition must have taken place before the start of the testing activities.

Testing bodies from other EU/EEA countries must prove the equivalence of recognition before commencing testing activities.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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