International standards for metallic elements

Updated: Jul 4


The emergence of international standards was marked by the introduction of quality and control in absolutely every category of production. Despite the fact that the first standards were only global and described in general terms certain areas of human activity, today this type of regulatory legal acts describes processes, test methods, safety recommendations, as well as the so-called instructions and recommendations for methods of using and processing certain materials in production. Today, with the active development of technology, such an element as metal is used everywhere. That is why, to regulate the use of metal and products including it, a very large number of international documents are being created that regulate both general processes and individual stages of production. If your field of activity comes into contact with the use of this material, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the latest innovations in the field of international standardization on this topic.


Metallic materials - Small punch test method

EN 10371:2021


The use of metal in production as well as in other spheres of human activity is quite extensive and popular. The variety of metals requires the creation of regulatory documents and technological recommendations for each of the types, which is why today there are so many regulatory documents that regulate the processing of metal production and related activities. One such international standard is EN 10371: 2021.


This document specifies the small punch method of testing metallic materials and the estimation of tensile, creep and fracture mechanical material properties from cryogenic up to high temperatures.


It should be noted that this International Standard directly regulates such a production stage as test methods. If you are interested in more specialized standards, you can follow the link to our website and see the full list of available documents.


Metallic materials - Determination of forming-limit curves for sheet and strip - Part 2: Determination of forming-limit curves in the laboratory (ISO 12004-2:2021)

EN ISO 12004-2:2021


Despite the fact that international standardization related to metal elements is associated mainly with industrial activities, regulatory legal documents are also created for laboratory research. Each individual element of international standardization is one of the key stages in building a well-functioning system at the international level, which is why it is important to adhere to the recommendations specified in them in order to achieve the highest quality result and confidence that the goods and services produced meet the requirements of the modern market. One of the international standards governing laboratory activities related to metal materials is EN ISO 12004-2: 2021.


Seamless steel tubes for pressure purposes - Technical delivery conditions - Part 5: Stainless steel tubes

EN 10216-5:2021


The production and technological base of any organization is created primarily for high-quality internal functioning. Nevertheless, thinking about expanding the business and its areas of activity, it should be understood that external regulation is no less important, which is why it is important to have in place such international standards as EN 10216-5: 2021.


This document specifies the technical delivery conditions in two test categories for seamless tubes of a circular cross section made of austenitic (including creep resisting steel) and austenitic-ferritic stainless steel which are intended for pressure and corrosion resisting purposes at room temperature, at low temperatures or at elevated temperatures.


NOTE Once this document is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) under Directive 2014/68/EC, presumption of conformity to the Essential Safety Requirements (ESR) of Directive 2014/68/EC is limited to technical data of materials in this document and does not presume adequacy of the material to a specific item of equipment. Consequently, the assessment of the technical data stated in this material standard against the design requirements of this specific item of equipment to verify that the ESRs of the Pressure Equipment Directive are satisfied will be done by the designer or manufacturer of the pressure equipment, taking also into account the subsequent manufacturing processes which could affect properties of the base materials.


This document is the most relevant today, and if you used similar standards, but in previous years, we recommend updating them to keep abreast of the latest changes in your area of activity, as well as to meet the requirements of the modern market.

Welded steel tubes for pressure purposes - Technical delivery conditions - Part 7: Stainless steel tubes

EN 10217-7:2021

A large number of standards for one industry can significantly mislead anyone, because two documents can have almost 90% similar characteristics, differing only in certain technical parameters. One of the documents similar to the previous one but nevertheless having specific distinctive technological parameters is EN 10217-7: 2021.

This document specifies the technical delivery conditions in two test categories for welded tubes of circular cross-section made of austenitic and austenitic-ferritic stainless steel which are intended for pressure and corrosion resisting purposes at room temperature, at low temperatures or at elevated temperatures.

NOTE Once the reference of this document is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) under Directive 2014/68/EU, pressure equipment directive, presumption of conformity to the Essential Safety Requirements (ESR) of Directive 2014/68/EU is limited to technical data of materials in this document and does not presume adequacy of the material to a specific item of equipment. Consequently, the assessment of the technical data stated in this material standard against the design requirements of this specific item of equipment to verify that the ESRs of the Pressure Equipment Directive are satisfied, needs to be done by the designer of the pressure equipment, taking also into account the subsequent manufacturing processes which could affect properties of the base materials.

This document is relevant for the European Union market and adapted to its requirements, if you are interested in expanding your company's activities on a more global scale, you can follow the link to our website and familiarize yourself with the ISO standards that are suitable specifically for your enterprise.


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Each individual document can affect both positively and negatively on the activities you carry out. When it comes to negative consequences, it should be understood that this is the case when the standard was chosen incorrectly. With this error, there may be times when the restructuring of an existing organization can only lead to negative consequences. If you are interested in acquiring the right standard that will only increase the productivity of your business, you can turn to professionals in the field of selection of international standards, who will provide you with highly qualified advice and will be the first step towards scaling and global development of your business.


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