FAQ's about the Nuclear Industry

What is 10CFR50 Appendix B?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for licensing and monitoring the operation of nuclear utility power plants throughout the U.S. under legislation passed by Congress as Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations.   Appendix B to Section 50, (i.e. 10CFR50 Appendix B) contains the 18 quality assurance criteria that the nuclear plant operator must meet.  Plant operators pass these requirements down to their suppliers if you wish to sell materials, services, equipment, software, or other products for the operation of the facility, must also meet these requirements. 

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What is ASME NQA-1?

ASME NQA-1 provides supplemental information and contract requirements on implementing the requirements of 10 CFR 50 Appendix B.  This document provides guidance and methods for defining a quality system that would meet the legislative requirements. 

What is Commercial Grade Dedication?

If an item was not manufactured to NQA-1 standards, it can undergo a commercial grade dedication.  By this process, all the safety critical characteristics of the item are identified and verified by testing, inspection, or performance evaluation. 

How do I get NQA-1 Certified?

There is no central recognized body that provides a "NQA-1 Certification".  Approval of your quality system is done by self audit through an independent auditor, such as those that supplied by Arsenal Consulting. The customer is then responsible for qualifying the supplier through various means including an on-site audit. 

10CFR21 Report of Noncompliances

This legislation provides for responsibilities and rights for those suppliers who are aware of a noncompliance delivered to the customer.  If an individual or company is aware of a noncompliance that may affect the safety-related performance of a product, then the supplier is responsible for notifying the NRC as well as the customer.  Failure to report may result in criminal charges on the supplier or cognizant individuals.