23 July 2003
System Certification. This document provides specific
certification guidelines for the design, construction,
modification, repair, operation, and maintenance of Department of
Defense unmanned pressure test facilities. Except as noted in
include all pressure vessels used for testing and evaluating
equipment or for unmanned medical or physiological experiments.
System certification is a recommended prerequisite for all
unmanned pressure test facilities used or operated by Department
of Defense personnel, military or civilian. This prerequisite
or private industry and privately owned systems that are under
contract and operated by Department of Defense personnel.
Exemptions from system certification may be granted through an
operational waiver granted by the NAVFAC System Certification
Objective. The objective of system certification is to
verify, by means of an independent technical review and
evaluation, that when approved operating and maintenance
procedures are followed, the pressure vessel system provides
acceptable levels of safety to personnel and property throughout
its specified operating range. This objective is accomplished by
performing a detailed review of the material and procedural
adequacy of the system.
Principal Participants. The principal participants in
the system certification process are: (1) the system sponsor, (2)
the system applicant, and (3) the SCA, NAVFACENGCOM.
System Sponsor. The system sponsor is normally the
organizational unit responsible for funding the development,
construction, repair, alteration, operation and/or maintenance of
the unmanned pressure test facility. For systems already in
existence and having achieved initial certification (see Section
3), the sponsor will normally be the parent command.
System Applicant. The applicant is normally the
organizational unit responsible for the day-to-day operation and
maintenance of the system. The applicant applies to the SCA for
certification, and deals directly with the SCA in all
certification related matters.
The sponsor and the applicant may be the same organizational
unit, as in the case of an Acquisition Manager applying for
initial certification of a newly developed system. Throughout
the remainder of this document, only the term applicant is used
when discussing the certification process. This does not,
however, exclude the sponsor from participation in the process