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April 28, 2011   
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The International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations (CEOC International) Annual Conference, General Assembly and Plenary Meetings of the Technical Commissions will be held in Warsaw May 28-31. This year, CEOC International celebrates its 50 years of existence, while the host of the event, the Office of Technical Inspection (UDT), is marking its 100th anniversary.

CEOC International—the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations—was founded in 1961 and acts as the voice of the inspection and certification sector at the EU and international levels. Its headquarters are based in Brussels. The confederation represents the joint interests of many of the world’s leading inspection and certification companies, employing more than 70,000 highly qualified staff, of whom over 42,000 are graduate engineers and technicians. CEOC members worldwide are involved in the periodical inspection of technical installations as well as the certification of new products and services to protect the workers and citizens of Europe against unsafe products and technical installations.

CEOC International brings together, on a voluntary basis, independent private, semi-private and governmental organizations as well as associations of such organizations, operating as third parties in research, technical inspections, risk assessment, and product, quality system and staff certification.

CEOC International currently comprises 27 organizations from 20 European countries. CEOC International members are recognized/authorized by the authorities to inspect and conduct conformity assessments of various types of technical equipment, such as boilers, pressure vessels, lifts, machinery, cranes, medical devices, electrical and heating systems, in addition to complete industrial plants, nuclear power plants, buildings, and toys.

CEOC International promotes and develops cooperation and mutual recognition of test results among inspection and certification bodies. The main objectives of CEOC International are: ensuring the technical safety of facilities, worker safety and public safety, removing trade barriers in accordance with the internal trade policy of the European Union; implementing, in accordance with the recommendations of the European Union, regulations on the mutual recognition of inspections conducted by various inspection bodies; promoting technical safety; developing guidelines for practical procedures in the technical inspection of industrial plants and equipment; and sharing experience and information on inspection and certification. Implementation of this last task is the responsibility of CEOC International technical commissions and working groups maintaining contact with organizations active in Europe and internationally, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, as well as accreditation and standardization organizations such as the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The host of the Warsaw meeting, the Office of Technical Inspection (UDT), has been a member of CEOC International since 1992. At the time, the UDT’s candidacy was approved in recognition of its competence and experience in exercising technical supervision in Poland and on the basis of the country’s success in implementing European Union regulations. At the moment, several representatives of the UDT are members of CEOC International’s authorities. The UDT’s President Marek Walczak is a member of the organization’s 10-person Board of Directors. Walczak is also a member of two CEOC International technical commissions: on Pressure Equipment and on Conformity Assessment.

The two other institutions responsible for technical inspection in Poland are also members of CEOC International: Transportowy Dozór Techniczny (Transportation Technical Supervision) and Wojskowy Dozór Techniczny (Military Technical Inspection).
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