Company Profile & Governing Board

 

Swiss Approval International is an Engineering Company, with innovative approach in the Certification business, and use of advanced technologies and specific know-how, in different inspection and certification areas.


Company Facts

The Company is already present in 8 Countries in 3 Continents, and principally active in South – East Europe, Middle East, Gulf Countries, and within 2019 also in the US.

Our target is the expansion of Swiss Approval International in Asia and South America, and, also, its establishment in new emerging markets.

With more than 250 professional Engineers as full time Employees, our company’s strategic goal and central focus is to establish solid partnerships and entrusted corporate relationships, the framework of which will be a continuous added value interaction resulting to benefits in the customer’s outcome.

This added value of Swiss Approval International services is based on both, acquisition of internationally recognised and highly trusted certificates, as well as on our investment in technology transfer, properly designed to ensure the continuous improvement of quality and services process, always responding to the customer’ s demands.

The cooperation framework and interaction with our customers, is gradually expanding into new areas and fields, since the unified Quality and Safety pathways become even more important for both parties.

The outcome of 20 continuous years of our activity, since 1999, is that over 3000 large-scale, medium- scale and small companies rely on us, and more than 4000 individuals entrepreneurs, requested our services in order to meet their needs.


Company Management Structure

SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION BODY, is an accredited Company which operates Internationally in the fields of Industrial Inspection and Certification.

The SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL Inspection and Certification Body has 3 levels of Management:

  • The Institutional Board, which is acting on behalf of the Company under the Confederation Helvetian Laws and Financial Institutions.
  • The Governing Board, which is acting on behalf of the Company on the Operations and Processes, the Development of New Markets, the Technical Competence of inspection and Audits, as well as the overall monitoring on operational, structural and technical level, regarding the International Market.
  • The Accreditation Board is acting on behalf of the Company, ensuring the Impartiality, Transparency and Non Conflict of Interest between stakeholders. It consists mainly of Market Representatives, Academic Society Representatives, Consumers Associations, etc.. Accreditation Board Composition varies depending on the type of accreditation, which is called to support, by its specialisation and knowledge.
Management systems certification – ISO 17021 Accredited
  • ISO 9000, ISO 14000, ISO 22000, ISO 27000, ISO 50001, OHSAS, ISO 37001, etc..

Product safety, ISO 17025 Accreditation (under process)
  • CE Marking
  • Testing & Laboratory Services
  • Advanced NDT laboratory

Personnel Certification – ISO 17024 Accredited
  • QA/QC Management Personnel Certification
  • Certification of Welding Related Personnel

Services & Processes Conformity Assessment – ISO 17065 Accreditation (under process)
  • «Blue Service» evaluation and certification for Hospitality Services towards guests safety
  • «Blue Service for Excellence», evaluation and certification for Hospitality Services regarding health and medical tourists’ services
  • Classification of Hotels in Stars, against quality of services requirements’ sets

Third Party Inspection, Monitoring and Approval – ISO 17020 accredited
  • Field and Shop inspection,
  • Mill Inspection
  • Pipe Lines under construction inspection and certification
  • Welding Inspection,
  • Lifts and Lifting machinery Inspection,
  • Goods and Cargo inspection,
  • Protection and Prevention in working environments,
  • Construction activities quality control,
  • EQ-FAST inspection and classification of buildings,
  • Appraisals and Life cycle estimation for machinery and parts,
  • Trailers Approval and Certification,
  • Mystery Guest and Shopping
  • Recognised Agency as an Approved Inspection Body, type (A) in the fields:
    • Periodic inspection of pressure vessels over 450 liters and containers LPG, GG 14165/F. 17.4/373, 673/B/1993, GG 447/B/1993.
    • Initial inspection (Type AA) and periodic inspection of lifting equipment (Type A and Type B) GG 15085/593 (GG 1186/25.08.2003).
    • Initial and periodic monitoring boiler Gov. 2656/B/2012.
    • Initial and periodic testing for Metal construction, pipe-piping welds, welding (ASME codes, EN- DIN- API standards).

Notification Body Services (NoBo) – European Directives recognised Body Number 2221 – ISO 17020 & 17065 Accredited
  • Lifts European Directive
  • Pressure Equipment Directive [PED]
  • Simple Pressure Vessels European Directive
  • Machinery Directive
  • Construction Products Directive
  • ATEX (under evaluation)

DAVIDE BOVI, Industrial Inspections Managing Director

University degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master’s Degree in Energy Section, from Politecnico di Milano.

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Italy since 1993.
  • Licensed Auditor for ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems
  • Licensed Inspector for fall-arrest PPE (wind parks)
  • NDT Methods Qualified :  MT – PT – RT – UT  2 LIV ASNT SNT-TC-1A.

Since 2015, he is acting as General Manager in “SISI Srl” based in Milano, full member of Swiss Approval Network, a pure inspection Company, that supplies activities to different kind of industries.

He is responsible for the definition of company’s development strategy in terms of clients and services; responsible for the identification of new clients, finalisation of new contracts, identification and screening of potential partners and suitable resources and supervision of delivery of services from a technical and economical point of view.

Before join the Swiss Approval Group, he has been also in Projeco Italia s.r.l., for 2 years, since May.2012, in SGS Italia for 3 years, since Oct. 2009, and in Bureau Veritas Italia for 7 years, since Aug. 2002.

Contact: davide.bovi@swissapproval.com

Dr. MAANI GEORGE – Middle East and Gulf – Oil and Gas Industry, Managing Director

More than 30 years of industry experience, including over 20 years of management positions, in various computer systems’ design and management projects, with a specialised knowledge in quality assurance tools in accordance with international standards and technical specifications.

Moreover, Dr. George Maani has got over than 20 years of academic educational experience, twice served as Department Chairman, mainly lecturing on computer systems’ curriculums.

Furthermore, he has a significant international working experience in various countries around the world, such as Lebanon, Singapore, Australia, USA, Qatar, Arabian Gulf, and has published more than 30 technical articles in international magazines and registered internationally five Patents.

As Managing member of the SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL Governing Board, Dr. George Maani has the overall responsibility of Oil and Gas Industry business development, for the area of Middle East and Gulf.

Contact: george.maani@swissapproval.ch

Mr. TAHAN NADER – Inspection Technology Solutions Managing Director

Material science Engineer, holding MSc in “Material science engineering, metallic materials selection and production technologies”.

With consistence engagement in the International market, to Nissan in Japan, Henkel, Hemmelrath, Kluthe from Germany, Renault CAFV in France, Bostik from UK as well as US experience in construction sector, Nader Tahan has achieved a high level of technical and management background.

Also Engaged, in the Iranian Research Organization for Science &Technology (I.R.O.S.T.) in various positions, such as Technical expert, Head of the laboratory for metals testing and analyzing, Head of the materials department and Head of metals testing and Metallographic laboratory.  

Strategic and Planning Chief Officer as well as Research and Development Manager, in the Iranian Standard and Quality Inspection Company (ISQI).

ANB Chief Executive Manager in the Iranian Welding Research and Engineering Institute, under the authority of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

Since 2001 as Lecturer in the Mechanical and Material Science Engineering faculties of the Islamic Azad University, Dezful, Iran having authored significant technical publications in his field of expertise.

As Managing member of the SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL, Tahan Nader has the overall responsibility for innovative Inspection Technology Solutions, with emphasis on the Non Destructive Techniques processes and methods for metallic constructions.

Contact: nader.tahan@swissapproval.ch

Mr. TZAFERIS MELETIOS – Business Development Managing Director

Mechanical Engineering by Rome University (Italy) and MSc in Quality Management by Cranfield University (UK).

Since 1990  exercised duties as CEO in the Hellenic Association for Quality and subsequently in TUV Rheinland Hellas SA.

For the period 2004 – 2009, member of the Greek Government as General Secretary of the State, in the Ministries of Health & Social Solidarity, Ministry of Development and Ministry of Tourism Development.

Moreover, he has worked internationally in the private sector, as a specialized professional in the Industrial Inspections sector, while officiates as Executive Secretary of the ANB Greek Welding Institute, member of International Institute of Welding (IIW) and European Welding Federation (EWF), representing Greece in the General Assemblies of IIW and EWF as well.

Tzaferis Meletios as Managing member of the SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL Governing Board has the overall Group responsibility for business development and New Branches setup, for Europe, US and Asia.

Contact: tzaferis@swissapproval.ch