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An Act For the development and control of

atomic energy. The Atomic Energy Act of 1946

(McMahon Act) ruled that nuclear weapon
development and nuclear power management
would be under civilian, rather than military
control, and it established the United States
Atomic Energy Commission for this purpose.

In 1954 - The Atomic Energy Act of 1954
amended the Atomic Energy Act of 1946,
established and defined the Atomic Energy
Commission function.

The ASME Committee on Nuclear Quality
Assurance was constituted on October 3, 1975,
and began operating under the ASME Procedures
for Nuclear Projects.
Axion Technical Services. All
Rights Reserved
1969: AEC regulatory function proposed for
public comment 18 quality assurance criteria
as Appendix B to 10 CFR Part 50 for licensing
nuclear power plants, and

Representatives of the AEC and the nuclear
industry met to begin developing N45.2
standards on quality assurance program
requirements and guidance for nuclear power

In May 1969 the American National
Standards Committee N45
established an Ad Hoc Committee
on Quality Assurance
The purpose of this committee was to
prepare a standard for general industry
use that would among other things
satisfy the intent and amplify the
requirements of the AEC quality
assurance regulations and a basis for
the development of detailed quality
assurance practices and procedures.

The standard was developed under
sponsorship of The American
Society of Mechanical Engineers
(ASME) as an effort by the American
National Standards Committee N45
originally issued 1971 and
subsequently revised and issued in
To develop, manage, and/or coordinate quality
assurance and quality assurance related codes and
standards applicable to siting, design,
construction, operation, and decommissioning of
nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle

Mission Statement: The Vision of the NQA
Committee is that: "NQA-1 to be globally
recognized as the world class quality standard
that organizations want to adopt because using it
gives them a competitive advantage in the
achievement of quality results."

This Committee prepared
ANSI/ASME NQA-1, Quality
Assurance Program
requirements for Nuclear
Power Plants, and ANSI/ASME
NQA-2, Quality Assurance
requirements for Nuclear
Power Plants, which were first
issued in 1979 and 1983,
respectively, as American
National Standards

EDITIONS: 1979, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1994,
1997, 2000, 2004, and 2008.

From its initial publication in 1979, the
Standard has retained the 18-criteria
structure of 10 CFR 50 Appendix B in a
portion of the document.
Code Power Plants committed to NQA-1 in
their Licensing Documents. Others remained
with ANSI N45.2 and daughter standards.

NRC in Regulatory Guide 1.28 Rev 3
established NQA-1c 1989 ED 1992 Add as a
satisfactory means to implement App B, and
Rev 4 established NQA-1a 2008 ED 2009 Add

DOE in O 414.1 D as a satisfactory means to
implement NQA-1 2008Ed 2009 Addenda.
Executive Committee
Chairman of each Subcommittee & NRC Representative

Main Committee 36 voting
Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary
Affirmed members at large per Balance of Interest

Assessment & Verification
Engineering & Procurement Processes
Interface & Administration
Program Management Processes
Software Quality Assurance
Waste Management

Manufacturers of Materials
Regulatory Bodies
Inspection Agencies
Develop a Part II document that applies
risk informed requirements for NON
Safety related SSCs that are significant
contributors to plant safety.

Software (Real-time & non real-time);
Developed vs Dedicated

Suspect, counterfeit or fraudulent items

Use of Commercial Calibration Services

NQA-1b 2011, not endorsed by the NRC or
DOE. Planned by 2014.

The Standard after the 2012 Addenda will be
issued Bi-Annually starting in 2013 without
Addenda, only interpretations.