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New authorization procedure for inspection organisations

New authorization procedure for inspection organisations

2 Apr 2014 10:00

The new nuclear safety regulations of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) cause changes in the authorization procedure for inspection organisations. In order to be able to carry out inspections at nuclear power plants, an inspection organisation needs to seek authorization directly from STUK. Up until now, the inspection organisations have applied for the authorization through the power company.

STUK authorizes inspection organisations to carry out inspections of pressure equipment, other mechanical devices as well as steel and concrete structures in nuclear power plants. The requirements for the inspection organisations are specified in the STUK Guide YVL E.1 ‘Authorized inspection organization and the licensee’s in-house inspection organization’, which is one of the new nuclear safety guides published last November. The Guide also contains detailed application instructions for organizations planning to function as inspection organisations in operating nuclear power plants and those under construction.

A prerequisite for an authorization according to the new procedure is that the inspection organisation first receives an accreditation from an accrediting body in its country (in Finland: FINAS, Finnish Accreditation Service). Accreditation is based on the standard SFS EN ISO/IEC 17020 (2012-05-21), technical standards applicable to inspection activities and STUK’s YVL Guides that set requirements on the operation of inspection organisations in regard to the planned inspection activities. Having received an accreditation, an inspection organisation can then seek authorization from STUK.

The new Guide YVL E.1 replaces the old YVL 1.3 Guide describing the procedure for authorizing inspection organisations.

Further information:

Section Head Martti Vilpas, tel. +358 9 759 88 655
Senior Inspector Mark Cederberg, tel. +358 9 759 88 691

YVL E.1 Authorized inspection organization and the licensee’s in-house inspection organization in Finnish
Guide YVL E.1 will be published in English by the end of May.

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