COFREND

Founded in 1967, COFREND - the French Confederation for Non-destructive Testing - is the reference body in certifying and qualifying non-destructive testing operators in France.

This multi -sectoral interprofessional confederation brings together all persons involved in NDT: industrialists, equipment manufacturers and distributors, professional associations, certified operators, research and training bodies, service providers and public institutions (Chambers of Commerce, Standardization, Ministries, Education…).

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As a personnel certification body, COFREND is accredited by COFRAC according to standard ISO IEC 17024 (accreditation no. 4-0007, coverage available on www.cofrac.fr)

This accreditation relates to the certification of competency of non-destructive testing operators in the following industrial sectors:

  • Manufacturing and Maintenance
  • Railway Maintenance
  • Metal Products (Foundry, Steel industry, Steel tubes)

COFREND is accredited by the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea, which is in charge of international climate relations, under the Pressure Equipment Directive, for the approval of personnel in charge of non-destructive testing of permanent assemblies.

COFREND runs, promotes and represents the French NDT network through its five competence hubs:

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  • COFREND has 400 corporate members and 200 private individual members.
  • More than 2,900 companies using the COFREND certification system
  • 26,500 certificates issued to more than 15,000 operators.


The COFREND head office is located at the House of NDEs, Paris 17, National Examination Centre for Level 3 Certifications. 

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