Message from President of APFNDT

Dr. Norikazu Ooka, President of APFNDT

January 1, 2014

The Asia Pacific Federation for Non Destructive Testing (APFNDT) was established at Mumbai in India in 2013 to meet demands from the providers and users of NDT in the Asia Pacific Region for promoting the application of NDT and for encouraging research and development into NDT techniques. The main activities of APFNDT have therefore covered education, qualification and certification, training, standardization etc. over the whole NDI spectrum. 

APFNDT also has a responsibility for the safe use of NDT and has to extend this safety responsibility in a more general sense to the public for ensuring the integrity of products, assemblies and structures, plants etc. during their service life. This responsibility will make it the goal of NDT certified personnel to strive to improve their skills and expertise through education and training.

The member countries in APFNDT are now facing important circumstances towards the ISO 9712 revised in 2012 and there may be more demands on harmonization of NDT personnel at the international level for qualification and certification based on the requirements of ISO 9712. In this regard APFNDT members should develop strong and friendly collaboration with other regions and their vitality will be requested to do so. 

In addition communication occurs through the conduct of national and international conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops etc.

APFNDT will involve in national and international activities with the aim to promote and develop NDT as a key technology to be used by the industrial sector.

Lastly, I would like to work together with the members and societies in not only the Asia Pacific region but also other regions as a president of APFNDT.

All these APFNDT activities need your support and more involvement!


Asia Pacific Federation for Non Destructive Testing (APFNDT) was approved during the General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Committee for Non Destructive Testing on November 19, 2013 in Mumbai, India.

APFNDT is a non-profit Federation devoted to the regional development of the science, technology and practice of Non-Destructive Testing, in conjunction with individual already existing and emerging NDT societies. APFNDT’s activities are dependent on the voluntary actions of its members.

The purposes are, in particular:

To direct its prime focus, to promote and support Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) at an Asia Pacific Regional level for the benefit of the involved community in general.

To promote regional collaboration in all matters relating to NDT, including Collaboration with regional organisations with an interest in NDT, e.g. ICNDT/IAEA/APLAC/AWF & IAEA-RCA Member States, etc;

To encourage the foundation, development, strengthening and cooperation of existing and new national and regional NDT Societies.

To assign the place and organisation of the APCNDT Conference to an appropriate NDT society or group of societies of APFNDT at intervals of four years.

To establish and implement membership policies of APFNDT in collaboration with Regional Groupings of NDT societies.

To award distinctions honouring outstanding services in the area of Non-Destructive Testing.

To encourage the formulation of regional standards on Non-Destructive Testing in collaboration with the Regional Organisation for Standardisation, and other standards bodies.

To promote best practices in NDT and to encourage regional harmonisation in this area.