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European Committee of User Inspectorates (ECUI)

This article appears in the July/August 2008 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

ECUI, the European Committee of User Inspectorates, was conceived during late 1992 as a result of an initiative by the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) in the UK. This initiative was developed by a nucleus of parties with in-house inspection interests in Netherlands, France and the UK, leading to an inaugural meeting in June 1993.

Founding members included:

  • France (APITI)
  • Holland (WEID)
  • United Kingdom (EEMUA)

Mission Statement

To promote the safe, reliable, efficient and profitable use of engineering equipment by European industry through enhancing the recognition, status and formal responsibility and accountability of User companies in general and User Inspectorates in particular Achieved by providing an organization to:

  • Monitor and, when appropriate, advise on the development, transposition and interpretation of European legislation concerning new equipment
  • Encourage the maximum flexibility consistent with safety in National Regulations and possible European directives concerning in-service equipment
  • Participate in the development of relevant European and international standards
  • Contribute to effective implementation of European conformity assessment procedures, including support for the harmonization of procedures for accreditation of Inspection Bodies
  • Promote the User view within other pan- European bodies such as the Parliament, Commission and trade or sectoral associations and institutions; and liaise with other user organizations
  • Provide a framework to facilitate co-operation and collaboration on non-competitive technical inspection matters

Membership and Constitution

Membership of the Committee is open to two representatives from each country within the EU and EFTA.The nominees each represent a national or industry-sector UI organization. Representatives from individual user companies may be invited to attend specific ECUI meetings, at the discretion of the Committee, as prospective Associate Members; Associate Members are entitled to attend all meetings until representative UI organizations are formed in their respective countries. Considerable progress has been made in expanding membership since 1992, and these efforts are continuing.


ECUI is made up of User Inspectorate organizations from across Europe, which themselves represent a much larger number of companies. See further details for more information.

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