Information Notice No. 84-52: Inadequate Material Procurement Controls on the Part of Licensees and Vendors
SSINS No.: 6835
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
JUNE 29, 1984
Information Notice No. 84-52: INADEQUATE MATERIAL PROCUREMENT CONTROLS
ON THE PART OF LICENSEES AND VENDORS
All nuclear power reactor facilities holding an operating license (OL) or
construction permit (CP).
This information notice is provided to inform licensees of deficient
procurement controls and quality assurance (QA) practices on the part of
suppliers of nuclear materials and to call attention to possible generic
problems in procurement activities of licensees. No specific action is
required in response to this information notice, but it is expected that
recipients will review the information presented for applicability to their
The Vendor Program Branch (VPB) of the NRC inspects vendors, material
manufacturers, and material suppliers of licensees. One purpose of these
inspections is to verify that vendors and suppliers of safety-related
materials to licensees are complying with the requirements of 10 CFR 21 and
Appendix B to 10 CFR 50. These inspections have revealed a large number of
quality-related deficiencies on the part of nuclear suppliers such as:
a. Improper certification of stock materials as being fabricated and/or
upgraded in accordance with ASME Code requirements.
b. Inadequate inspection of materials received.
c. Failure to ensure satisfactory performance of required mechanical
testing and nondestructive examination.
d. Inadequate and/or incomplete survey and audit records.
e. Breakdown of procurement controls with respect to the requirements of
10 CFR 21, Appendix B to 10 CFR 50, and the ASME Code.
Table 1 lists vendors and recent VPB inspection reports where specific
discrepancies have been identified regarding implementation of the vendors'
quality assurance programs. These reports are published quarterly by the NRC
in the "Licensee Contractor and Vendor Inspection Status Report,"
NUREG-0040. Copies of this document (the White Book) may be obtained at a
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from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.
Correspondence with contractors and vendors relative to the inspection data
contained in NUREG-0040 is placed in the NRC Public Document Room, 1212 H
St., N.W., Washington, DC 20555.
Deficiencies also have been identified with respect to licensee procurement
and associated QA activities. The licensee is responsible for the quality of
purchased nuclear materials and for procurement control of its vendors and
suppliers of safety-related material. Deficiencies of this type include:
a. Inadequate specification of code requirements on purchase orders and
b. Failure to develop and monitor an approved vendor list.
c. Inadequate inspection of materials and components when received.
d. Inadequate survey and auditing of vendor QA programs.
e. Failure to perform adequate internal audits of the procurement process.
f. Inadequate training of personnel who procure nuclear materials under
the requirements of 10 CFR 21, Appendix B to 10 CFR 50, and the ASME
g. Insufficient management attention to procurement activities.
No written response to this notice is required. If you have any questions
regarding this matter, please contact the Regional Administrator of the
appropriate NRC regional office or this office.
Edward L. Jordan Director
Division of Emergency Preparedness
and Engineering Response
Office of Inspection and Enforcement
Technical Contact: N. J. Miegel, IE
E. W. Merschoff, IE
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2. List of Recently Issued IE Information Notices
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