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Comparison of Global Quality Assurance & Management System Standards Used for Nuclear Application

Compare and contrast ASME NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard, ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard and IAEA GS-R-3 Management Systems Standard among others.

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Comparison of Global Quality Assurance & Management System Standards Used for Nuclear Application
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Upon completion of this intermediate-level course, managers, engineers and program developers will have a better understanding of the major international Nuclear Quality Assurance Standards and how they relate and interact.

Following an introduction to the ASME Section III Nuclear Power Code, the course offers an overview of the ASME NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard, the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard, and the IAEA GS-R-3 Management Systems Standard. It also compares the NQA-1 Standard with the ISO 9001:2008 and the IAEA GS-R-3 Management Systems Safety Series Standard. The course also provides analysis of the areas of their agreement and differences.

This online, instructor-supported course is designed for engineers, managers and quality personnel who are or will be directly or indirectly involved in manufacturing, fabrication and examination of components or structures for nuclear power facilities. Participants are expected to have at least one year of experience in design, construction, quality assurance, or operation of nuclear facilities. They may also have a supporting-supplier role for nuclear power facilities and their components or development of management system integration of nuclear quality requirements across global boundaries.

You Will Learn To

  • Describe the organization and scope of the ASME Section III Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components
  • Identify ASME NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard contents and organization
  • Provide an overview of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Standard GS-R-3, 2006-STI/PUB/1252
  • Describe the overview of ISO 9001-2008
  • Explain the practical application of these quality assurance requirements for the nuclear industry

Who Should Attend
Design engineers, quality engineers, managers, management program developers, project managers, regulators, inspectors, procurement personnel, operations and plant maintenance personnel

To take this course you should have a personal computer, Web browser, Internet connection, and software to display PDF files (such as Adobe Reader®).


Week 1
ASME, The Global Nuclear Industry, B&PV Section III and NQA-1 Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

  • Introduction to ASME
  • World Wide Construction Activity and Major NPP Construction Challenges
  • Examples of International Codes & Standards and Nuclear Regulators
  • Nuclear Regulation Differences and Enforcement
  • Current Global Procurement Codes & Standards
  • Overview of Section III & NCA-4000 Requirements
  • Overview of NQA-1

Week 2
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Standard GS-R-3 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008

  • Overview of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Management Systems Standard GS-R-3
  • Overview of ISO 9001
  • US NRC & IAEA Regulatory Positions

Week 3
Comparison of IAEA GS-R-3 to NQA Standard

Week 4
Comparison of ISO 9001 to NQA-1-2008 Standard

Week 5
Comparison IAEA GS-R-3 to ISO 9001

Week 6
Recommendations for the Integration of Management System Requirements for:

  • IAEA GS-R-3 and ASME NQA-1
  • IAEA GS-R-3 and ISO 9001:2008
  • How to Integrate Quality and Management System requirements from Multiple Standards

Ken Sowder, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant, Quality Management Services Co., LLC

William K. (Ken) Sowder, Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant to the nuclear industry. He works with manufacturers and suppliers to develop management systems, which meet requirements of Codes and Standards such as ASME NQA-1-2008, ISO 9001:2008 & IAEA GS-R-3.

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