SGS Successfully Receives Authorized Inspection Authority (AIA) Accreditation in South Africa
03/09/2013

SGS has successfully received Authorized Inspection Authority (AIA) accreditation from the South African Accreditation System (SANAS) and Department of Labor for Pressure Equipment Manufacturing and In-Service.

Online PR News – 09-March-2013 – 08.03.2013 – SGS has received Authorized Inspection Authority (AIA) accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), established as a Section 21 company in 1996 with its board of directors being appointed by the South African Department of Trade and Industries, and Department of Labor to act as a Government Approved Inspection Authority in the country of South Africa.

On October 1, 2012, SGS received a Letter of Exemption certificate from the South African Department of Labor accrediting SGS as a Type A Approved Inspection Authority for Pressure Equipment Manufacturing and In-Service. This Letter of Exemption temporarily authorizes SGS to certify pressure equipment in South Africa. The initial audit for permanent authorization is scheduled for June 2013.

SANAS accreditation falls within the requirements stipulated by the international ISO/IEC 17020 standard and principles initiated by the South African Department of Labor. Candidates applying for AIA status must first acquire SANAS accreditation. SANAS assessors investigate candidate qualifications according to established principles and recommend qualified candidates to SANAS management for approval. Successful candidates receive a Certificate of Accreditation. Upon receipt of this prerequisite certificate, candidates such as SGS may request AIA accreditation from the Department of Labor.

To qualify for the Department of Labor Type A Approved Inspection Authority for Pressure Equipment Manufacturing and In-Service (http://www.sgs.com/en/Industrial-Manufacturing/Services-Related-to-Projects/Statutory-and-Voluntary-Inspections/In-Service-Inspections.aspx), SGS had to illustrate full compliance with both the international ISO 17020 and the South African SANS10227 regulations. The Department of Labor approval now authorizes SGS to certify pressure equipment in South Africa.

SGS Pressure Equipment Certification Services

The manufacture and operation of pressure equipment such as pressure vessels, tanks, boilers, pressurized systems and process installations are contingent upon compliance with stringent local and national statutory regulations. SGS pressure equipment certification services (http://www.sgs.com/en/Industrial-Manufacturing/Services-Related-to-Production-and-Products/Product-Certification/Pressure-Equipment-Certification.aspx) ensure adherence to unique requirements anywhere in the world.

Recognized as a leading certification provider, SGS is accredited throughout the world to issue trusted pressure equipment certification. SGS has a deep understanding of the many complex regulations and substantial detailed documentation involved in achieving certification for pressure equipment. SGS design appraisal engineers, inspection personnel and quality system auditors are located around the world to provide professional expert services in any language.

Expertise, experience, resources and a worldwide network of certified inspectors uniquely position SGS to independently certify pressure equipment. SGS also creates market access and acceptance strategies throughout product design and development making it the ideal partner during every phase of pressure equipment certification, from planning to construction and operation.

SGS is extremely pleased to announce its AIA status and looks forward to assisting South African partners.

For further information, please contact:

SGS Industrial Services
Gert Viljoen
Head of Department – Inspection
1 Bergius str, Secunda
South Africa
t: +27 (0) 17 631 2457
E-mail: industrial.pr@sgs.com
www.sgs.com/industrial

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.