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The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) with more than 70 years of experience and exceeding 12000 individual and 600 corporate members is the largest NDT society in the world. The International Committee for Nondestructive Testing (ICNDT)was also established more than 50 years ago with more than 100 member countries.

Despite noticeable activities of NDT societies around the world and decades of utilization of NDT methods in different industries in Iran, no specialized society has been in place to coordinate and organize NDT activities.Initial thoughts of forming such society in Iran go back to the early years of two decades ago. However, due to the lack of sufficient academia in the field, NDT professionals were members of “Welding and NDT Society of Iran” which was formedabout 20 years ago. A few years ago, two international NDT conferenceswere organized by NDT professionals in Iranian calendar years of 1993 and 1995. NDT professionals from Iran Air were the first group that suggested gathering of concerned and educated individuals to form the future of NDT society in Iran. In recent two decades, along with progress made in all fields of engineering coupled with rapid growth in the infrastructure and related industries,NDT has also had considerable expansion and progress.

Since 1980’s, a society for NDT companies (IRSNT) who provide NDT supply and services in Iran has been established. This was considered an important step in coordination of executives and decision makersin this field. Although, forming of an independent NDT scientific society was always desired by all concerned,nevertheless, serious steps were taken only after inception of two conferences hosted byTarbiatModarress and K. N. Toosi universities in Tehran.After these two conferences, lack of such society to foster all aspect of NDT society and national activities was felt even more than before.

Consequently, senior faculty members of universities as well as executives and NDT professionals decided to form the independent NDT society later to become known as IRNDT.

In the winter of 2009 a large gathering of all interested NDT professionals was assembled in Tehran with the help of IRSNT and seven individuals were elected to pursue the establishment of an NDT society in Iran. Subsequently, ten founding members of the society were identified and through their diligence and persistence, finally in early 2012,the establishment of this new society (IRNDT) was approved by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology. Throughthe first general assembly of IRNDT at University of Tehran,the board members were elected. The official activities of IRNDT started in 2013 after completing the process of registering it as an independent nongovernmental organization.

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