The European Network for Inspection and Qualification (ENIQ) is a utility driven network working mainly in the areas of qualification of non-destructive testing (NDT) systems and risk-informed in-service inspection (RI-ISI) for nuclear power plants (NPPs). Since its establishment in 1992 ENIQ has performed two pilot studies on inspection qualification and has issued over 60 documents. Among them are the “European Methodology for Qualification of Non-Destructive Testing” and the “European Framework Document for Risk-Informed In-Service Inspection”, 12 recommended practices and a significant number of technical reports and discussion documents / position papers.
ENIQ has two sub-areas in which the technical work of the TA is performed, the Sub-area for Qualification (SAQ), dealing with the qualification of NDT systems, and the Sub-Area for Inspection Effectiveness (SAE), dealing with RI-ISI. ENIQ members come mainly from European utilities, inspection vendors, inspection qualification bodies, and research centres with additional members from Canada, the U.S. and Japan. Oversight of ENIQ is provided by the ENIQ steering committee (SC), which consists of representatives of European utilities plus observers from Canada, the U.S., and Japan plus the leaders of SAQ and SAE. The SC is the decision making body of ENIQ and thus approves all the documents resulting from the two sub-areas.
ENIQ also serves as an informal exchange forum for inspection related issues of European NPPs. ENIQ is recognised as one of the main contributors to today’s global qualification guidelines for in-service inspection. Initially being a standalone JRC run network ENIQ became Technical Area 8 of NUGENIA in 2012.