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2 ASME Nuclear Conformity Assessment
Kevin Ennis Director, Nuclear Codes and Standards

3 ASME Nuclear Conformity Assessment
What is it? Why is Conformity Assessment Important? Who is involved? What are the steps in the process? How does Conformity Assessment fit into the nuclear industry?

4 Conformity Assessment - Defined
Definition (from ISO/IEC 17000) Demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled Examples: testing, inspection, certification, registration, accreditation Simply: Programs, processes and procedures for demonstrating compliance with Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Product Certification Nuclear Components Materials

5 Conformity Assessment - Defined
Nuclear components: vessels, pumps, valves, piping systems, storage tanks, core support systems, concrete containments Field installation and shop assembly Fabrication, with or without design responsibility, for nuclear parts Safety and safety relief valves Containment of spent fuel and high level radioactive waste NS Nuclear component supports (no associated stamp)

6 Conformity Assessment - Defined
Quality System Certificate Material Manufacturers and Material Suppliers Supply material to nuclear component manufacturers Examples: Bars, fasteners, castings, forgings, plates, fittings, flanges, tubular products Wire, rod, billets, ingots Welding material Concrete reinforcing bars, prestressing components

7 Conformity Assessment - Defined
Types of Certificates Accreditation – Approval of QA Program Accreditation – Quality System Manufacture and Supply of Material Authorization – Component Manufacture Authorization – Supports

8 Conformity Assessment - Defined
ASME Certifies the manufacturer Manufacturer certifies the product

9 Importance of Conformity Assessment
History Industrial Revolution ~ late 1800’s Steam power to 1910 Explosions Early Regulations ASME Boiler Code – 1915 Conformity Assessment – S, A and PP Stamps Interstate Commerce Global Trade

10 Importance of Conformity Assessment
Conformity assessment process ensures: Products, services, or systems have the required characteristics (i.e., meet Code requirements) Characteristics are consistent from product to product, service to service, or system to system

11 Importance of Conformity Assessment
Conformity assessment process enables: Manufacturers have access to markets Purchasers to have confidence that products will be acceptable for use (regulations and liability insurance) Regulatory Authorities to have confidence that equipment is safe to operate Organizations to have recourse for bringing products into compliance with the Code

12 Importance of Conformity Assessment
Conformity assessment process assists in: Supply chain management Last Build – US technology with US suppliers (mostly) New Build – global supply chains New Build – global suppliers (As an example, a component may be assembled and certified in the US but the parts may come from all over the world.)

13 Conformity Assessment Organizations
Organizations Involved: Regulatory Authorities NRC Jurisdiction Certification Bodies ASME National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (National Board) Third Party Inspection Agency Authorized Nuclear Inspection Agency (ANIA) Certificate Holder Manufacturer

14 Conformity Assessment Organizations
Regulatory Authorities: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Endorse the Code as an acceptable means of complying with regulation Member of the Committee on Nuclear Certification Jurisdictions Adopt and enforce the Code Member of the Committee on Nuclear certification May participate as a member of the survey team

15 Conformity Assessment Organizations
Certification Bodies: ASME Promulgates the Code Certifies Manufacturers Authorizes the Inspection Agencies (ANIA) National Board Examination and Commissioning of Inspectors May represent the Jurisdictions

16 Conformity Assessment Organizations
Third Party Inspection Agency Government agencies which adopt and enforce the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. “Jurisdictions” Companies licensed in U.S. or Canada to write Boiler and Pressure Vessel insurance Accredited by ASME to perform the inspections required by one or more sections of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Provide third party inspection (oversight) to ensure the ASME Certificate Holder is in compliance with Scope of Authorization Participate in the survey of the manufacturer

17 Conformity Assessment Organizations
Certificate Holder: Controlled Manufacturing process All Examinations All Tests Final Certification

18 Conformity Assessment Process
6 Months Application-Preparation 3-5 days Survey 30-90 days Deficiency Correction 3-year cycle 1 week Certification Decision (CNC) Issuance of Certificate

19 Conformity Assessment Process
Application/Preparation: Applicant applies to ASME Enters into an agreement with an ANIA Applicant prepares for the survey Establishes and implements QA program Internal audit

20 Conformity Assessment Process
Survey: Survey Team ASME Team Leader 1/2 ASME Team Members Authorized Nuclear Inspector Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor Jurisdiction (invited)

21 Conformity Assessment Process
Survey: 3-5 Day Survey Manual review Entrance meeting Implementation demonstration Team findings and recommendations Exit meeting Recommendations Due process

22 Interaction among organization in the nuclear industry
User Regulatory Authority Manufacturer Regulation Contract Conformity Assessment Regulation


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