There is a need to develop knowledge management in welding through the transfer of skills, practices and technology, to foster the potential of welded manufacturing and thus create the conditions to make welding a better and more sustainable manufacturing process.

The White Paper of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) highlights that “a useful tool to solve the situation might be the use of models and criteria for developing a manufacturing process by welding through the use of schemes to manage health, safety and environmental impact. This requires full economic integration with the manufacturing process, and leads to better use of human and natural resources in general and better product quality.”

The Italian Institute of Welding is strongly committed to these issues through active participation in the VIII Commission of the IIW – International Welding Institute – but also through the implementation of EWF guidelines in its certification services to companies.
The European Welding Federation EWF, by virtue of its international expertise, unique in this field, has set up a target and highly specialised certification system to ensure the fulfilment of the requirements of ISO standard 3834 by the certified companies but also meeting the requirements set by the EWF guidelines on Health, Safety and Environment Management.

This system is referred to as EWF Manufacturer Certification System (EWF MCS).