ISO/TC 44/SC 11 Position statement regarding COVID-19 and qualifications of joining personnel

ISO/TC 44/SC 11 Position statement regarding COVID-19 and qualifications of joining personnel

WARNING: ISO/TC 44/SC 11 Qualification requirements for welding and allied processes personnel are reminded that this statement does not have the status of a standard and its implementation is purely voluntary. Further, it does not negate the requirements of certification bodies. The aim is to help industry where needed during the COVID-19 situation

It is the opinion of ISO/TC 44/SC 11 that:


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the revalidation and confirmation of qualifications of joining personnel may be extended for an additional three months beyond that allowed by the ISO 9606 series and ISO 14732 under the following conditions:

  • an employment interruption resulted in the requalification period having been exceeded
  • the qualification was valid at the time of the employment interruption
  • it has not been possible to revalidate and confirm qualifications due to unavailability of certification agencies/testing facilities

Implementation of this statement remains at the discretion of the member bodies of ISO and any relevant certification bodies.