Truth in NDT

It's a statement that is universally accepted in the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry: no matter the type of work that someone is doing, reported results must be complete, accurate, and true. In this industry we know that an honest report is the cornerstone of inspections. Now, as we slowly move into what today’s thinkers describe as a “post-truth” world—a world in which fact is supplanted by personal desires or emotions—it is important, now more than ever, that we as a Society maintain our commitment to truth and integrity. In looking at our year ahead, I believe there are several things that we must do.

We must maintain and strengthen our trusted certification programs. At the core of what we do are our certification programs. Our certifications are a signal to our industry, our partners, and the world that anyone involved in the practice of NDT is qualified and competent to perform the critical work needed to prevent disaster. As we move forward into the coming year, we’ll be revamping our ACCP Level II program to better serve the NDT industry, with updated testing and psychometrics. We are also working diligently to create a program that harmonizes with ISO 9712 to build trust with other regions and nations that have adopted that standard.

We must communicate and listen, openly and professionally, with our members, partners, and the global community to achieve our goals collaboratively. In the last several years we have made a concerted effort to solicit feedback and ideas about how we can improve our operations and programs, as well as fostering meaningful and lasting relationships in order to best serve the needs of the evolving, dynamic NDT industry. We have and will continue to hold our town hall meetings at the Annual Conference, we will continue to publish monthly letters, and we will continue to participate and strengthen our presence and involvement at conferences, meetings, and events hosted by our sister societies and industry partners.

We must diligently uphold our “Code of Ethics” as a standard for conduct in our profession. With 13 points, ASNT has laid out guidelines by which we all must adhere. From upholding the reputation of this Society to disclosing conflicts of interest in business to following the golden rule of treating others as you would have them treat you, this code embodies the integrity we have and will continue to uphold.

We must continue to publish the highest-quality, peer-reviewed material possible. One of ASNT’s critical purposes is that of knowledge sharing and information exchange. We are the society that quite literally “wrote the book” on NDT, with the first publication of the Nondestructive Testing Handbook. Since the earliest days of the Society, it has been paramount that we ensure our publications are written accurately and that our journals and the papers contained therein are rigorously peer reviewed to ensure the most factually correct information is available. With strong, reliable publications, we can ensure a long future for our profession.

This list is just a start. As we begin a new year together at ASNT, we make a commitment to ourselves and our partners to preserve fact and truth, not only in our research and inspections, but for how we conduct ourselves in business and in our personal lives. For, as we know, the truth is what so often stands between progress and disaster. Always remember, if we do not stand for what is right, then we stand for nothing.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas about our Society and its commitment to integrity in the NDT industry. Please feel free to e-mail, call, or visit us here at the International Service Center.


Dr. Arny Bereson
Executive Director
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing