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Technical Inspection Conference
June 30, 2011   
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Poland’s Office of Technical Inspection (UDT) hosted the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations (CEOC International) Annual Conference, General Assembly and Plenary Meetings of the Technical Commissions May 28-31. This year’s conference, “EU Energy Policy,” marked the 50th anniversary of CEOC International.

Technical safety experts from across Europe convened in Warsaw May 30 and 31, representing 30 European organizations from 21 countries, associated in CEOC International, the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations. Membership in CEOC is voluntary and open for independent organizations which act as third parties in technical inspection, risk assessment, certification, conformity assessment and inspection of the safety of technical equipment, including pressure equipment and cranes.

The event was co-organized by the Office of Technical Supervision, which has been a CEOC member since 1992. Over the years, the office has played a major role in adapting the technical safety system in Poland to EU requirements and regulations.

On May 31 the attendees took part in a conference entitled “EU Energy Policy—New Challenges for Independent Inspection and Certification Organizations,” which dealt with the Energy 2020 strategy for competitive, sustainable and safe energy. It was a very special conference in that it marked the 50th anniversary of CEOC and the 100th anniversary of technical inspection in Poland. Marc van Overmeire, a member of the CEOC management board, spoke about the origins of CEOC and its achievements in the past five decades and outlined the organization’s development prospects.

Participants in the discussion highlighted the necessity for the EU to adopt a joint approach to ensuring that energy products and services are physically available on the market without interruptions while making sure that power plants, nuclear power plants in particular, are entirely safe.

Marek Walczak, president of the Office of Technical Inspection, spoke about challenges which independent third parties are faced with in the age of technological revolution in the power sector. Conference participants also paid lot of attention to renewable energy.

During the General Assembly May 31, CEOC elected new authorities. The new president of CEOC International is Simo Hassi of Inspecta Oy from Finland.
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