ASME NQA-1-2015


Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

standard by ASME International, 02/20/2015

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ASME NQA-1, 2015 Edition – Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

This Standard is to be applied to any structure, system, component, activity, or organizationthat is essential to the safe, reliable, and efficient performance of a nuclear facility and anyactivities independent of a facility that may affect performance (e.g., transportation of nuclearmaterials) of those activities. The extent to which this Standard should be applied dependsupon the specific type of facility, items, or services involved and the nature, scope, and relativeimportance of the activity being performed. It is also to be applied to all phases of a nuclearfacility life cycle (e.g., siting, design, construction, operation, and decommissioning) and all typesof activities (e.g., training, testing, software development or use).

The Standard also applies to activities that could affect the quality of nuclear material applications,structures, systems, and components of nuclear facilities.

Examples of nuclear facilities are those for power generation, spent fuel storage, waste management,fuel reprocessing, nuclear material processing, fuel fabrication, nuclear research, and otherrelated facilities. Examples of activities include siting, designing, procuring, developing or usingsoftware, fabricating, constructing, handling, shipping, receiving, storing, cleaning, erecting,installing, inspecting, testing, operating, maintaining, repairing, refueling, modifying, and decommissioning.

This Standard is organized in the following four parts:
(a) Part I contains requirements for developing and implementing a Quality Assurance Programfor nuclear facility applications.
(b) Part II contains additional quality assurance requirements for the planning and conduct ofspecific work activities under a Quality Assurance Program developed in accordance with Part I.
(c) Part III contains guidance for implementing the requirements of Parts I and II.
(d) Part IV contains guidance for application of NQA-1 and comparisons of NQA-1 with otherquality requirements.

The arrangement of the requirements in Parts I and II and the guidance in Parts III and IV permitthe judicious application of the Standard or portions of the Standard. Applicable requirements ofParts I and II are to be implemented to ensure conformance with NQA-1. The application ofthis Standard, or portions thereof, shall be invoked by written contracts, policies, procedures,specifications, or other appropriate documents.

This Standard reflects industry experience and current understanding of the quality assurancerequirements necessary to achieve safe, reliable, and efficient utilization of nuclear energy andmanagement and processing of radioactive materials. The Standard focuses on the achievementof results, emphasizes the role of the individual and line management in the achievement andsustainment of quality, and fosters the application of these requirements in a manner consistentwith the relative importance of the item or activity (i.e., a “graded approach”).

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