I am relocating my shop facility (currently listed on the ASME Certificate of Authorization) to a new location. Do I need an ASME Joint Review at the new location in order to have my ASME Certificate of Authorization revised to show the new address? Answer
An ASME Joint Review may be replaced by an audit conducted by the Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) of Record when the following conditions are met:
No change in jurisdiction or AIA of Record
No change in upper management or quality control (QC) personnel affecting the company's quality control program
The distance involved is small enough (~100 miles)
Certificate Holders who are relocating within the same jurisdiction should contact the ASME Conformity Assessment Department at email@example.com if they wish to have an AIA audit conducted in place of an ASME Joint Review.Close
For a change in shop address how does a Certificate Holder comply with the requirements in the above question if they are not required by the standard to use the services of an Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA)? Answer
For companies holding an ASME V, HV, UV, UV3, TV, UD, and/or TD Certificate of Authorization, ASME will require the ASME designated organization to conduct an audit of the Certificate Holder and provide written verification of the following:
- The address of the new location, and distance from the previous shop location
- There are no changes in upper management or QC personnel affecting the company's quality control program
- There has been no change in the scope of manufacturing activities as currently listed in the scope on the ASME Certificate of Authorization
- That there is no major equipment change
- A summary of the audit conducted by the ASME designated organization at the new shop location to ensure that the Certificate Holder is implementing their quality control system as previously accepted at the last ASME review
- That the ASME designated organization has tested two pressure relief devices per test medium manufactured/assembled at the new shop location and the tested pressure relief devices have met the applicable requirements of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
The Certificate Holder will have the option of having either an audit conducted for a revision of their existing certificate(s), or a review for early renewal of their existing certificate(s).
Note: For H (cast iron or cast aluminum) an ASME renewal review is required. Close
I am waiting to be assigned my ASME renewal review dates, or the renewal review is scheduled to occur less than 6 weeks prior to the expiration date of my certificate(s). What steps can I take to ensure that I can continue to fabricate and code stamp components until my new ASME Certificate(s) of Authorization are received? Answer
Due to a postal re-designation of the address of our current shop, I need to obtain a revised ASME Certificate of Authorization. What procedure do I need to follow? Answer
The Certificate Holder needs to inform the ASME Conformity Assessment Department at firstname.lastname@example.org of the address change due to postal re-designation including any changes to the building number, street name, zip code, etc. ASME will issue a revised ASME Certificate of Authorization provided the Certificate Holder's Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) of record provides documentation to ASME to support the Certificate Holder's request. Where there is no AIA involved in the Certificate Holder's code activities, documentation from the postal authority and/or the jurisdictional authorities where the shop is located will be needed to support the request. There is no charge to revise ASME Certificates of Authorization due to postal re-designation. Close
I recently changed my Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) of record. Do I need to inform ASME or does the AIA take care of notifying ASME? Answer
It is the Certificate Holder's responsibility to immediately inform the ASME Conformity Assessment Department at email@example.com as soon as they make a change in the AIA of Record. Failure to provide ASME with the name of your current AIA of record may result in the new AIA not receiving notification of important information, or even loss of certification. Close
My company's name was recently changed, or will be changed soon. How do I go about getting an ASME Certificate of Authorization with the new name on it? Answer
I recently received an ASME U and/or S Certificate of Authorization. At the time of the review I did not apply for additional certification. I would now like to apply for A, PP, or UM Certificate(s) of Authorization. Do I need to have another ASME Joint Review? Answer
A full ASME Joint Review is not required for:
A holder of an ASME S Certificate who applies for an additional A or PP Certificate(s) of Authorization.
A holder of an ASME U or S Certificate who applies for an additional UM Certificate(s) of Authorization.
ASME will require written verification from both the ASME Team Leader who conducted the latest Joint Review, and the Certificate Holder's Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA), that the Certificate Holder's Quality Control (QC) manual and QC system have been revised to include all of the additional code requirements required to fabricate components for the requested Certificate(s) of Authorization. Upon receipt of a favorable recommendation from both the ASME Team Leader and the AIA as well as the receipt of applicable fees, ASME will issue the requested certificate(s). Close
I recently underwent an ASME Joint Review and received my ASME U Certificate of Authorization. Now I would like to apply for additional Certificate(s) of Authorization (such as an S and U2). Do I need another ASME Joint Review? Answer
The addition of any ASME Certificate of Authorization would require another ASME Joint Review with the exception of an S Stamp Holder applying for an A or PP certificate, or a U or S Stamp Holder applying for an ASME UM Certificate of Authorization. The conditions for those applicants are described elsewhere in other FAQs. Requests for additional Certificates, without a full ASME Joint Review, made within three months following the date that a full ASME Joint Review was conducted can be submitted to the ASME Conformity Assessment Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval by the Committee on BPV Conformity Assessment. Close
I do not intend to renew my ASME Certificate of Authorization. However, I have a job in the shop that I will not be able to complete prior to the expiration date on my certificate(s). Can I request an extension from ASME to complete the work? Answer
A Certificate Holder can apply for a "Work-In-Progress Extension." To do so the Certificate Holder will need to send a letter to the ASME Conformity Assessment Department at email@example.com requesting an extension of the appropriate Certificate to complete an ongoing job. This letter must be received by ASME at least 30 days prior to the expiration date on the ASME Certificate of Authorization.
The request from the Certificate Holder should include any applicable fees as shown in the renewal application package and be accompanied by:
A description of the work to be completed, including the work/job number
The number and type of code components involved (S, PP, H, U, etc.)
The expected completion date for the work.
ASME will then contact the Certificate Holder's Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) or ASME designee, as appropriate, and request:
- Written verification of the information provided by the Certificate Holder
- Verification that an audit of the Certificate Holder's shop facility has recently been performed and the AIA/designee is satisfied that: the Certificate Holder's quality control program is still in place, and they can fabricate code components in compliance with the applicable requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
Upon receipt of a satisfactory report from the AIA/ASME designee and payment of the applicable fees, ASME will issue a "Work-In-Progress Extension" for a period of time up to six months, or until completion of the specified job (whichever occurs first). No further extensions will be granted and no additional work can be started after the original expiration date shown on the ASME Certificate(s) of Authorization. Close
I did not submit the application for a renewal of my ASME Certificate of Authorization to ASME on time. The renewal review was held after the expiration date on my ASME Certificate of Authorization and I would like to keep my old certificate number(s) for advertising purposes. What should I do? Answer
It is ASME's policy to assign a new certificate number(s) under the following situations:
- on the issuance of an ASME Certificate of Authorization for the first time
- when a current Certificate Holder's ASME Certificate of Authorization has expired prior to the date the renewal review was held, and no extension was granted by ASME due to the failure of the Certificate Holder to submit the renewal application and fees to ASME at least 3 months prior to the expiration date on the Certificate(s).
However, the Certificate Holder may submit a written request to the ASME Conformity Assessment Department at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reason they wish to have their expired certificate number(s) reinstated, and the reason for the late submittal of their renewal application.
ASME may grant the request provided:
- The lapse in time from the expiration date on the old ASME Certificate of Authorization to the date of issuance or the new ASME Certificate of Authorization has not exceeded three months
- The review was conducted within the three-month period, but ASME was unable to process the review team recommendation within those three months.
Which Authorized Inspection Agencies (AIAs) work outside of the United States and Canada? Answer
Most AIAs operate worldwide. Please see the List of Authorized Inspection Agencies for more information. Some AIAs have listed a website where you can find the locations of their local offices. Otherwise a phone number, fax number, and email address is provided for you to contact the AIA directly. Close
During the shop review that is required to obtain an ASME Certificate of Authorization, is it necessary to have a product in process of fabrication? Answer
A demonstration of implementation of the Quality Control (QC) System must include the administrative functions to support the QC System and the manufacturing, fabrication, and testing of the product necessary to indicate knowledge and ability to produce the items covered by the scope of the system.
For assessment of the QC System, the applicant must demonstrate sufficient administrative and fabrication functions to show that they have the knowledge and ability to produce the code items for the type of certification for which they have applied. Fabrication functions may be demonstrated using current work, a mock-up produced to current code rules, or a combination of the two. All elements of the QC System must be demonstrated. Close
Does ASME provide consulting to help a company obtain a Certificate of Authorization? Answer
ASME does not provide consulting services to develop a Quality Control System that will meet the requirements of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. ASME can provide support through the application process for obtaining a Certificate of Authorization. Close