Differences between EN 10204-3.1 and 3.2 for the MTC

EN 10204 contains 4 types of document type, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2. Type 2.1 and 2.2 are validated by the manufacturer. Type 3.1 and 3.2 are not only validated by manufacturer.
Type 2.1, The content is statement of compliance with the order. Validated by manufacturer.
Type 2.2, Statement of compliance with the order, with indication of results of non specific inspection. Validated by manufacturer.
Type 3.1, Statement of compliance with the order, with indication of results of specific inspection. Authorized inspection representative by the manufacturer, but is independent of the manufacturing department.
Type 3.2, Statement of compliance with the order, with indication of results of specific inspection. Authorized inspection representative by the manufacturer, independent of manufacturing department and either the buyer’s authorized inspection representative or the inspector designated by the official regulations.

EN 10204-3.1 type quality certificate.

It requires the manufacturer to show the actual test result for the steel pipes on sale. According the related standard sampling methods.

3.1 MTC requires the test agency shall be an independent party, mill has no rights to revise the test results.

If a steel pipe manufacturer passed the audit for the ISO 9001 from a certification agency of European Union, then this manufacturer have the qualification to release the EN 10204-3.1 MTC. The buyer information shall be specified on the MTC quality certificate, and one buyer need one MTC quality certificate. If the manufacturer didn’t pass ISO 9001 or the ISO 9001 certificate not from European Union Inspection Agency, then the manufacturer do not have right to release MTC of EN 10204-3.1. In this case, manufacturer shall apply for the EN 10204-3.2 quality certificate from the third part of inspection agency.

EN 10204-3.2 type quality certificate.

EN 10204 3.2 certificate is the most restrict standard level for the steel pipe products.It indicates the certification shall be additional countersigned and verified by independent related all the tests, 3.2 certificate cost higher than 3.1. Not only manufacturer test department, but also a completely independent part. Third party inspector, or the personal, buyer, or government’s representative also have right to verify the test results.

EN 10204-3.2 certificate must released by the inspection agency that authorized by the European Union. Through the related inspection or the test for the material that ordered, to certify that the test result is the same with the PO from a third party inspection agency. Also on the quality certificate of EN 10204-3.2 shall specify the name of manufacturer and the buyer.

EN 10204 certificate related steel pipe MTC in following specs.

  • Chemical composition
  • Mechanical strength
  • Impact strength
  • Tensile strength
  • Hardeness test
  • Bend test
  • NDE
  • Visual and Dimensions
  • Hydro test
  • NDT test
  • Magnetic test
  • Pipe end
  • Corrosion HIC status
  • Heat no

Also see How to identify a fake MTC type 3.2