United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Information Notice No. 86-21, Supplement 1: Recognition of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Accreditation Program for N Stamp Holders

                                                    SSINS NO: 6835        
                                                    IN 86-21, Supplement 1 

                                UNITED STATES
                        NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                    OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
                            WASHINGTON, DC 20555

                              December 4, 1986

Information Notice No. NO 86-21, Supplement 1:    RECOGNITION OF AMERICAN 
                                                  SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL 
                                                  ENGINEERS ACCREDITATION 
                                                  PROGRAM FOR N STAMP 
                                                  HOLDERS 

Addressees: 

All nuclear power facilities holding an operating licensee or a construction
permit 

Purpose: 

This notice is provided to licensees and construction permit holders to 
clarify the information provided by IN 86-21 on the NRC's recognition of the 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Accreditation Program for 
holders of N, NA, NPT, and NV stamps and Certificates of Authorization It 
is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability to 
their facilities However, suggestions contained in this information notice 
do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written 
response is required 

Discussion: 

IN 86-21 informed licensees that the NRC recognized the ASME Accreditation 
Program for N, NA, NPT, and NV stamps and the associated Certificates of 
Authorization IN 86-21 also stated that quality system certificates issued 
to material manufacturers and material suppliers were excluded from this 
recognition 

The statement concerning quality system certificate holders has been 
misinterpreted by several licensees resulting in quality system certificate 
holders being removed from approved vendor lists This was not the intent of 
IN 86-21  Quality system certificate holders were excluded from the 
recognition announced in IN 86-21 because the quality system certificate 
program was not covered by the exchange of correspondence between ASME, NRC, 
and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors If a 
licensee's NRC approved quality assurance (QA) program allows material 
manufacturers and material suppliers to be placed on the approved vendor 
list on the basis of a quality system certificate, then that method of 
evaluating and selecting vendors is not affected by the issuance of IN 
86-21 




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No specific action or response is required by this information notice If 
you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Regional 
Administrator of the appropriate NRC regional office or the technical 
contact listed below 



                                   Edward L Jordan Director 
                                   Division of Emergency Preparedness 
                                     and Engineering Response 
                                   Office of Inspection and Enforcement 

Technical Contact:  E T Baker, IE
                    301-492-9663

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