Materials Inspection & Licensing Handbook: Best Practices (NUREG/BR-0334)
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Date Published: July 2008
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) developed the Materials Inspection & Licensing Handbook primarily to help new inspectors and reviewers, but the agency also hopes the booklet will assist experienced staff. The materials inspector and reviewer community is extremely diverse and spread out over a large area (four NRC regional offices, NRC Headquarters, 33 Agreement States with additional Agreement States expected). This booklet is modeled on the NRC Inspector Field Observation Best Practices Manual, developed by NRC reactor inspectors, and provides a similar reference for the materials area. The material presented in this handbook was developed by inspectors and license reviewers and includes best practices from all four NRC regions and the Agreement States. The authors compiled this information from individual experiences and suggestions, a review of generic communications, such as information notices, training presentations, and a variety of other sources.
NOTE: The guidance in this booklet is not intended to be all-inclusive or to replace policy or guidance. It is intended to supplement existing inspection procedures, to heighten inspector and reviewer awareness of specific issues, and to improve the effectiveness of materials inspections and licensing. Official policy and guidance are promulgated in NRC’s Inspection Manual, licensing guidance, or in appropriate documents issued by individual Agreement States.