Certification and accreditation


CE marking:
Since most of our projects are located in Europe we have large experience in CE marking , either by self-certificattion or accredited by Notified Bodies.
Directive requirements, risk analysis and HAZOP's, manuals and compilation of technical documentation for:
  • Modules D, E, F, G and H for suppliers and manufacturing;
  • Module B: EC type conformity;
  • Module A: internal production control;
can all be taken care of.

The CE mark, or formerly EC mark, is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985.
The CE marking is the manufacturer's declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives. CE marking is mandatory for certain product groups within the European Economic Area (EEA; the 28 member states of the EU plus EFTA countries Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) plus Switzerland and Turkey. 
Depending on the level of risk of the product, the CE marking is affixed to a product by the manufacturer or authorized representative.

FM Global:
Many of the customers in our markets use FM Global as their insurance company or as certification agency.  FM maintains own design standards and product certifications in specific areas.  We have experience and can deliver services for FM compliance certification in the fields of equipment and civil applications and materials.

FM Global provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, engineering-driven underwriting and risk management solutions, groundbreaking property loss prevention research and prompt, professional claims handling. 
FM Global offers worldwide industrial and commercial product certification and testing services through FM Approvals®. Recognized and respected across the globe, FM Approvals certification assures customers a product or service that has been objectively tested and conforms to the highest FM proprietary, national and international standards.

We accomplished design, construction and compliance with European local Gas Laws accredited by Authorised Bodies like Lloyd's Register, Aprpagaz and Vinçotte.

Compliance accredited according EN and ASME design codes and with Belgian and Dutch NEN 3140 Gas law.

Regarding pipelines there is no obligatory European directive. Most of the European member states have their own regulations regarding the technical requirements for pipelines. 

Piping & Equipment

SInce the European pressure equipment directive is obligatory for most pressurized equipment and piping we have a broad experience in design, compiling the necessary documentation and assisting in certification by notified bodies.

The Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC) was adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council in May 1997.
The Directive concerns items such as vessels, pressurised storage containers, heat exchangers, steam generators, boilers, industrial piping, safety devices and pressure accessories. Such pressure equipment is widely used in the process industries (oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and rubber and the food and beverage industry), high temperature process industry (glass, paper and board), energy production and in the supply of utilities, heating, air conditioning and gas storage and transportation.
The directive describes the safety requirements covering design, manufacture and testing, satisfy appropriate conformity assessment procedures and carry the CE marking and other information.

Due to the fact that many companies have an AMerican origin and due historical reasons of the past lack of unified standards and codes in Europe we had to design and construct in many projects according the ASME codes. Certicates of compliance with ASME codes are often apllied in the pipeline and the oil & gas industries, even to proof good engineering practices and compliance with PED and other European Directives. Therefor we have extensive knowledge of ASME and related standards like the ANSI & API.
Design , documentation and certification audit services can be delivered for:
  • BPCV - Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
  • B31 - Codes for pressure piping
ASME, founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a professional association that, in its own words, "promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe" via "continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach. ASME is thus an engineering society, a standards organization, a research and development organization, a lobbying organization, a provider of training and education, and a nonprofit organization. Founded as an engineering society focused on mechanical engineering in North America, ASME is today multidisciplinary and global.
The ASME Certification Mark, which is regarded as the hallmark of acceptance and certification, is used to indicate that the stamped item(s) conform to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes (BPVCs).

Utilization of the Certification Mark is a means of complying with the laws and regulations in nearly all U.S. States and Canadian Provinces. In addition, it has been estimated that over 100 countries accept the ASME BPVC as a means of meeting their government safety regulations.

The quality systems of more than 6,500 companies in more than 70 countries are currently certified by ASME. Whether or not an ASME Code Symbol Stamp is legally required, it provides users with a high degree of confidence that the stamped items conform to established safety standards.

Meter proving and MID
See Meter proving and MID with Electrical & Instrumentation.

Electrical & Instrumentation

Most of the projects we deal with have to do with possible explosive atmospheres, both due to vapor and gas  or dust.  We have a large experience both in :

  • the ATEX 95 equipment directive 94/9/EC and 2014/34/EU, Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres;
  • the ATEX 137 workplace directive 99/92/EC, Minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.
So we can deliver services for design, documentation and certification audits by notified bodies (we have experience in numerous countries with Notified bodies and local implementations of the Directives as f.i. Lloyds Register, TUV, Vinçotte, Apragaz, FM Approvals, DNV, KIWA, SGS BASEEFA, Bureau Veritas)
We prepare and execute explosion risk assessments, explosion safety documents, area classifications and design, documentation and certifications services for piping, equipment, electrical, instrumentation and control systems.

Regarding ATEX 99/92/EC directive, the requirement is that Employers must classify areas where hazardous explosive atmospheres may occur into zones. The classification given to a particular zone, and its size and location, depends on the likelihood of an explosive atmosphere occurring and its persistence if it does.
The aim of directive 94/9/EC is to allow the free trade of ‘ATEX’ equipment and protective systems within the EU by removing the need for separate testing and documentation for each member state.
The regulations apply to all equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres, whether electrical or mechanical, including protective systems. There are two categories of equipment 'I' for mining and 'II' for surface industries. Manufacturers who apply its provisions and affix the CE marking and the Ex marking are able to sell their equipment anywhere within the European union without any further requirements with respect to the risks covered being applied.

Meter proving & MID
In many applications customers are confronted with metering applications.  In case of tax or invoicing purposes meter proving and in Europe the MID in many caes is a legible obligation.  We have experience with assembling proven metering systems and certification with notified bodies and calibration services with ISO certified laboratories. 
The Measuring Instruments Directive (2004/22/EC) is a directive by the European Union, which seeks to harmonise many aspects of legal metrology across all member states of the EU. Its most prominent tenet is that all kinds of meters which receive a MID approval may be used in all countries across the EU.
The MID covers these measuring instruments:
  • Water meters
  • Gas meters and volume conversion devices
  • Active electrical energy meters
  • Measuring systems for the continuous and dynamic measurement of quantities of liquids other than water
  • Automatic weighing instruments
  • Exhaust gas analysers
  • others...

In Belgium there is still a legal obligation for electrical installations to be assessed and certified by authorised inspectors for compliance with the AREI Algemeen Reglement Elektrische Installaties).
We have eperience in numerous projects and can prepare and assist with your ARAB certification before you are allowed to power up your installation.  This includes:
  • determination of protection class
  • risk assessment of external influences
  • technical compliance
  • compliance for applications in explosive atmospheres
The AREI, the General Regulations for Electrical Installations (VDE) contains a set of rules to which Belgian electrical equipment and electrical installations must comply. The Dutch counterpart is the NEN 1010 .
The provisions of the RGIE have two applications:
  • The domestic electrical installations and electrical installations of establishments that do not have electricity service (valid for all new models and major changes in performances since October 1, 1981)
  • The underground and overhead electrical lines of transport and distribution of energy in public area and the electrical installations of devices that have an electricity service (valid for all new models and major changes in performances since October 1, 1983)

Environment Health & Safety

Most of our peolple are:

VCA / SCC – VOL  certified
Safety Checklist for Contractors – Operational supervisors

‘SCC’ is the abbreviation for Safety Health and the Environment (SHE) Checklist Contractors and is intended to make it possible for your company to operate with greater safety awareness and reduce the number of accidents.
SCC certification is intended for contracting companies that carry out work with or subject to increased risk in a high-risk environment. It often concerns construction or maintenance work carried out at building sites, in factories and workplaces, and on installations.

International viability: under design

The Seveso Directive (currently The Seveso II Directive) is the main piece of EU legislation that deals specifically with the control of on-shore major accident hazards involving dangerous substances. The Seveso II Directive will be replaced by the Seveso III Directive on 1 June 2015.
In Europe compliance with the directive is checked by government inspectors, CEAvo has experience with the regulations and audits in numerous projects and can assist you to achieve compliance. 

Major accidents in chemical industry have occurred world-wide. In Europe, the Seveso accident in 1976 prompted the adoption of legislation aimed at the prevention and control of such accidents. The resulting 'Seveso' directive now applies to around 10,000 industrial establishments where dangerous substances are used or stored in large quantities, mainly in the chemicals, petrochemicals, storage, and metal refining sectors.
The Seveso Directive obliges Member States to ensure that operators have a policy in place to prevent major accidents. Operators handling dangerous substances above certain thresholds must regularly inform the public likely to be affected by an accident, providing safety reports, a safety management system and an internal emergency plan. Member States must ensure that emergency plans are in place for the surrounding areas and that mitigation actions are planned. Account must also be taken of these objectives in land-use planning.


Hazard analysis and critical control points.
We designed, constructed and commissioned food and tobacco processing installations to comply with HACCP systems.  Our involvement was mainly the definition and implementation of corrective actions to comply with the monitoring requirements at the critical control points and installation of automatic sampling and monitoring instrumentation.

Hazard analysis and critical control points or HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe, and designs measurements to reduce these risks to a safe level. In this manner, HACCP is referred as the prevention of hazards rather than finished product inspection.
HACCP has been increasingly applied to industries other than food, such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. This method, which in effect seeks to plan out unsafe practices based on science, differs from traditional "produce and sort" quality control methods that do nothing to prevent hazards from occurring and must identify them at the end of the process.

Hygiene is of mayor importance in the food and drug industries. EHEDG certification and design of installations according EHEDG design rules and principles is applied by us on various projects.

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes as well as public health authorities and was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote hygiene during the processing and packing of food products. 
The principal goal of EHEDG is the promotion of safe food by improving hygienic engineering and design in all aspects of food manufacture.
EHEDG actively supports European legislation, which requires that handling, preparation processing and packaging of food is done hygienically using hygienic machinery and in hygienic premises (EC Directive 2006/42/EC for Machinery, EN 1672-2 and EN ISO 14159 Hygiene requirement).

 HALAL certification
We have experience in assisting for Halal certification. The service we provide are in proving that the consumer products, ingredients and source of assets used in the projects comply with Islamic law or Shari'ah.

Ḥalāl (Arabic: حلال‎ 'permissible') is any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. 
Halal is often used in reference to foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, i.e. foods that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic Shariʻah. The criteria specify both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. 
The most common example of non-halal (or haraam) food is pork.  The criteria for non-pork items include their source, the cause of the animal's death, and how it was processed.
Foods that are not halal are: Pork, blood, intoxicants and alcoholic beverages, animals killed incorrectly and/or without Allah's name being pronounced in their killing.
Foods providied by Christians and which are Kosher can be eaten by Muslims, except the first three above.

the People

All our people have a university degree in an engineering discipline, either a master or bachelor degree.

Since they perform on an international market their engineering qualifications and professional competence is recognized by organizations who are part of the International Engineering Alliance.
The graduate attributes and professional competencies recognized by the IEA are described in this document.

For our people these organisations member of IEA are:

Their studies are direct or on a historical basis recognized by accreditation organisations part of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) . INQAAHE is a world-wide association of 

organisations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education.

For our key focus markets these organisations members of INQAAHE are:

  • as far as we know no memberships
Southern Africa: