Management System Standards for Nuclear Facilities and Activities
11 June 2012 - IAEA safety standards reflect an international consensus on what constitutes a high level of safety for protecting people and the environment. They often serve as safety regulatory documents.
In practice, to be fully effective, the IAEA safety standards need to be complemented by industry standards and must be implemented within an appropriate national regulatory infrastructure. The IAEA produces a wide range of technical publications and reports to help Member States in developing this national infrastructure and the associated standards.
IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-3, The Management System for Facilities and Activities (IAEA GS-R-3), defines the requirements for establishing, implementing, assessing and continually improving a management system. A management system designed to fulfil these requirements integrates safety, health, environmental, security, quality and economic elements. IAEA GS-R-3 establishes management system requirements for nuclear facilities and activities for operating organizations, but also for other interested parties, such as regulatory bodies, suppliers and customers.
Two new publications, issued in the IAEA Safety Report Series, compare IAEA management system standards and industry standards:
Management System Standards: Comparison between IAEA GS-R-3 and ASME NQA-1-2008 and NQA-1a-2009 Addenda
This Safety Report compares the requirements of IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-3 : “The Management System for Facilities and Activities” and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications (AMSE NQA 1-2008, NQA-1a-2009). It identifies the similarities and differences between them and provides information and guidance to assist an organization in meeting the requirements of both standards.
Management System Standards: Comparison between IAEA GS-R-3 and ISO 9001:2008
Where International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and other standards are used, an appropriate and adequate safety management system can be achieved by imposing additional requirements on an organization, over and above those contained within the ISO 9001:2008 standard on Quality Management Systems.
This new Safety Report compares the requirements and identifies the main differences between the two standards. It provides information and guidance on adding safety specific management system requirements to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, to ensure that safety can be achieved. The publication is intended primarily for use by owners, operators and employees of nuclear facilities and installations, and by regulatory bodies, suppliers and R&D organizations.
Contact: Pal Vincze, Section Head, IAEA Nuclear Power Engineering Section