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KSR-Kuebler has been NSQ-100 certified as compliant supplier

The Nuclear Quality Standard Association (NQSA) is pleased to announce the awarding of the NSQ-100 certificate to "KSR-Kuebler Niveau Messtechnik AG" based in Zwingenberg, part of the WIKA Group, which is offering an extensive...

On May 28th 2016, following the assessment performed by Bureau Veritas Certification under the supervision of Jacques Matillon, the Managing Director of Bureau Veritas Certification France, KSR-Kuebler has been granted the NSQ-100 compliant supplier certificate. The certificate has been handed over by Bureau Veritas Certification to KSR-Kuebler CEO, M. Thomas Gerling, during a side event organised during the World Nuclear Exhibition of Paris-Le Bourget. 

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Valinox Nucléaire the world's fist NSQ-100 certified supplier

The Nuclear Quality Standard Association is pleased to announce the awarding of the world’s first NSQ-100 certificate to Valinox Nucléairethe Montbard (France)-based specialist for nuclear steam generator tubes and nuclear pipes...

On June 5th 2015, following the assessment performed by Bureau Veritas Certification under the supervision of Jacques Matillon, the Managing Director of Bureau Veritas Certification France, Valinox Nucléaire has been granted the very first NSQ-100 compliant supplier certificate. [See full Press release]

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NQSA’s April 2015 newsletter available

A selection of articles published in the nuclear press

In this April 2015 edition of the newsletter, you will find 8 articles.

Download NQSA's April 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

Summary:
GDF Suez joined NQSA
World Nuclear Exhibition
MDEP Meeting
FinNuclear Association seminar
IAEA Technical meeting
WNA China Spotlight
Istanbul Nuclear Power Plants
Summit
Nuclear Engineering International

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NQSA’s newsletter available

A selection of articles published in the nuclear press

In this edition of the newsletter, you will find 4 articles:

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Nuclear Energy Insider
NSQ-100: “Plane sailing for nuclear supply chain, by Elizabeth Jeffries & Greg Kaser (WNA)

Nuclear Future
A quality standard for UK nuclear projects, by Peter Whiers & Andrew Kirkby (Bureau Veritas)

Newsletter Areva

MDEP Annual Report
March 2013-March 2014

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A new support

Chairman from the GPESPN asks ASN to support NQSA’s project

In his last report addressed to the French regulatory body ASN, Philippe Merle, from the ministry of economy, recommends NQSA’s project to be supported by ASN and that NSQ-100 becomes a “public and shared standard”. 

“It would be extremely favorable to maintain a network of high-level nuclear suppliers, as it is the case of the aircraft or car industries.”

Here is an extract from the report that Philippe Merle, chairman of the GPESPN (Permanent Group for the Pressure Nuclear Equipment) addressed to the French regulatory body, ASN:

“Facing this genuine problem, there is at least one trail which may clarify the subcontracting relationships, which obviously are not managed as they were 20 years ago:

That is clarify and explain the surveillance requirement.

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Regarding this issue, what I discovered is not harmonized between the licensees. In my opinion, the good practice is that the team (from the licensee), responsible for lifting the hold points (at the supplier), have the most direct and smooth possible access to every one of those “3 legs”, and have the widest possible overview of the strengths and weaknesses of a given supplier. In other words, the quality function must be sufficiently united and not scattered, nor flooded into the procurement.

Concerning the “audit leg”, I emphasize the idea (initially launched by Areva and Bureau Veritas), that the “AQ nuclear” requirements (written from an industrial point of view, not limited to regulatory aspect – the H-modulus is nearly empty on this issue) be subject to a public and shared standard. In my view, this would be really helpful to maintain a network of high-level nuclear suppliers, as it is the case in the aircraft or car industries. The suppliers would then be confident not to have to change their own quality system to face various contractual requirements, when dealing with one nuclear purchaser or another.

(14) I recommend that ASN communicates towards licensees and suppliers about the surveillance requirement and its three components (audits, technical assessment and control) and the need for the licensee to make the necessary arrangements to have an overview of these three components.

At the same time, ASN should say to licensees and suppliers that it supports the implementation of a public quality assurance standard in the nuclear supply chain.

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NSQ-100 now available for download

Afnor added NSQ-100 to its web store

A version of the standard also taking into account the ISO 9001 requirements is now available for download on Afnor store website.

The price for both the French and the English version of the document is set to 120€ (ex tax).

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New document available

A tool to compare NSQ-100 VS 10 CFR 50 Appendix B.

NQSA’s last technical meeting was held in Paris on the 17th and 18th June 2014. Now that it is validated, the NSQ-160 correspondence matrix is now available for download.

This document will help to comparing the requirements of 10 CFR 50 Appendix B. (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission) to NSQ-100 standard.

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Meeting with ISO representatives in Geneva

NSQ-100 is set to become a universal certification standard

On Monday 19th May 2014, the chairman and some NQSA board members met Kevin Mc. Kinley, ISO Deputy Secretary General, Kirsi Silander, Technical Program Manager and Sean Mc. Curtain, director and responsible for conformity assessment at ISO offices in Geneva. These discussions engaged with the International Standard Organization contribute to prove that a quality management standard is relevant for the nuclear industry worldwide.

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Nuclear Energy Assembly

NSQ-100 receives welcome before an assembly of suppliers’ and utilities representatives

NQSA’s technical manager, Francis Muguet, gave a speech in the last NEI meeting held in Charlotte (North Carolina, USA) on 5-6 May, 2014. The Nuclear Energy Assembly, held each year, is attended widely by leaders from all segments of the industry.

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BV certification now qualified

BV certification has been qualified by NQSA on March 19th, 2014

“The NQSA board of directors has concluded to qualify Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS as a Certification Body to deliver NSQ-100 certificates pursuant to NQSA procedure Qualification process for Certification Bodies”, declared Thierry Zumbihl, NQSA chairman. BV certification is the first Certification Body to receive this qualification.

Théophile Caron
Bureau Veritas certification
Immeuble Le Guillaumet
60, avenue Charles de Gaulle
92800 Puteaux - France
Phone : 33 (0) 1 41 97 00 60

More information about the certification process available on the Being NSQ-100 certified webpage.

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