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    Technical Meeting to Share Experiences and Lessons Learned

    from the Application of Different Management System

    Standards in the Nuclear Industry

    ASME Nuclear Codes and Standards Development Activities

    15-19 December 2015

    Vienna, Austria

    Ryan Crane, P.E.

    ASME Nuclear Codes and Standards Europe Liaison

    [email protected]

  • Origins of The Society

    Technical professional society; founded in

    1880 as the American Society of Mechanical

    Engineers; not-for-profit

    Engineers convened to foster engineering

    innovation, education and research

    First standard issued in 1884 boiler efficiency


    Headquarters in New York City

    Offices in Atlanta, Houston, New Jersey,

    Beijing (China), Brussels (Belgium), Mumbai


  • Origins of The Society

    ASMEs Mission:

    To serve our diverse global communities by

    advancing, disseminating and applying

    engineering knowledge for improving the

    quality of life; and communicating the

    excitement of engineering

  • ASME Standards and Certification

    70 Consensus Committees

    700 Total Committees

    5 Supervisory Boards

    5,100 Volunteers (800 International and growing)

    500 Standards

    ASME Standards Accepted for Use in Over 100 Nations

    Administer Over 40 U.S. TAGs to ISO

    12 Conformity Assessment Programs

    More than 200 training programs worldwide

  • ASME Codes and Standards

    Consensus Process

    Decisions are reached through consensus among those


    Participation is open to all affected interests: no

    membership fees or requirement to be ASME society


    Balance is maintained among competing interests

    Designers, Manufacturers, Users, Regulators, General Interests,


    The process is transparent - information on the process

    and progress is directly available.

  • ASME Codes and Standards

    Consensus Process Due process assures that all views will be considered and

    that appeals are possible.

    The process is flexible, allowing the use of different methodologies to meet the needs of different technology and product sectors.

    The process is timely; purely administrative matters do not slow down the work.

    Standards activities are coherent, avoiding overlap or conflict.

  • What does "Consensus" mean?

    ASME standards are consensus standards

    Consensus means Substantial agreement by affected interest categories

    Consideration of views, attempted resolution is part of the process

    Unanimity not required

    The Standards Committee is responsible for establishing consensus on proposed standards actions.

  • The Consensus Development


    Development of standards action

    Recorded vote

    Public review

    Supervisory Board approval


    ANSI approval

  • The Committees


    Consensus Procedures Evolved over the years

    to become the model for standards development

    ANSI accredited

    Consistent with principles of WTO Technical Barriers to

    Trade Agreement

    Technical staff to administer committees and

    interact with standards users

    Development of C&S Connect in-house web-

    based program to manage committee

    communications, records, and ballots

  • Participation

    Volunteer Participation

    Individual voluntary participation

    ASME Codes & Standards relies on industry supporting

    participation by knowledgeable experts

    Involve the best and the brightest people from all around the world to

    develop, maintain, and promote the use of these ASME products and


    Technical and administrative support to the committees

  • ASME Codes and Standards


    No funding by government

    No fees to participate

    Supported by revenue from S&C sales and related programs

    Volunteer members not compensated by ASME


  • U.S. Public Policy

    OMB Circular A119

    Instructs Federal Agencies to use voluntary standards and

    participate in their development, unless impractical

    National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995

    Mandates government agency use of private sector voluntary

    consensus standards

    Obliges federal government participation in voluntary

    standards development


  • Fulfills Regulators Expectations

    Meets public safety, health and environmental


    Provides confidence in the technical integrity of the

    product or service

    Supports mutual recognition essential to international


    Regulatory Agencies support members to the


  • Interpretations

    Interpretations are used to clarify the meaning of a


    Clarifies ambiguous or incorrect wording, which may result

    in a revision

    Formal approval and response to a inquiry request

    Official ASME interpretation letterhead

    A request may come from individuals, committees,

    professional organizations, government agencies, industry

    groups, public interest groups, etc.

  • ASME Codes and Standards

    Consensus Process

    Proprietary Issues

    ASME does not approve, rate or endorse any

    item, construction, proprietary device, or activity

    Proprietary devices may only be incorporated in a

    generic manner

  • International Participation

    Incorporation of market and governmental needs into ASME codes and standards

    ASME encourages international participation in its standards development committees Individual Experts

    Delegate Program

    International Interest Review Group (BPV)

    International Review Groups

    International Working Groups

    Contributing Members

    International participation facilitated by use of electronic tools (C&S Connect) in standards development activity

  • International Working Group An International Working Group (IWG) accommodates participation by

    members in a common geographic location who would otherwise be unable

    to meet the attendance expectations of committees that meet principally in

    the U.S. and Canada

    An IWG is a sub-tier ASME code committee, and integrated into a

    Standards Committees hierarchy much like other sub-tier groups and are

    identical to traditional subcommittees, subgroups, and working groups

    IWGs address the challenges presented by time zones, travel constraints,

    and language barriers that prevent experts based overseas from

    participating in the ASME standards activities

    IWGs provide additional expertise and resources to Code committees to

    understand identify, clarify and address Stakeholder issues arising in

    regions outside of N. America

    IWGs typically conduct all of their meetings outside of the U.S. and Canada

    and in a language other than English


  • IWG Members

    Enjoy all typical privileges and benefits of participation

    Have CS-Connect accounts and full member access

    Vote on IWG proposals and administrative matters

    Are required to vote when the IWG is included on a ballot distribution

    Are permitted to comment when the IWG is included in Review &

    Comment distributions

    IWGs have been established for

    China, European Union, Germany, India, and Korea

    IWG also discuss inquiries and technical clarification prior to



  • NQA IWG Efforts

    NQA Task Group on International Working Groups Have CS-Connect

    accounts and full member access

    The NQA Task Group (TG) on International Working Groups (IWG) will engage

    international stakeholders (outside the United States and Canada) and perform

    outreach activities on the concept of IWGs abroad. The TG will coordinate these

    efforts with the goal of forming IWGs on a regional basis. The TG will provide

    updates and recommendations to the NQA Standards Committee.

    Bud Danielson, Chair

    NQA International Working Group Europe (IWG-EU)

    The NQA International Working Group Europe (IWG-EU) serves as a forum to

    provide for the participation of NQA technical experts based in Europe and to create

    a means of communication and collaboration between ASME NQA and other

    stakeholders in Europe. The NQA International Working Group Europe will: Review

    and comment on proposed changes or additions to NQA-1; initiate and process

    proposed standards actions for NQA-1; conduct activities in Europe related to codes

    and standards, administrative and personnel matters in accordance with approved

    ASME procedures, policies, and established guidelines; coordinate NQA International

    Working Group Europe activities with the parent NQA Executive Committee and

    ASME Staff.

    Christian Spletter, Areva, Chair

  • IWGs and NCS long-term outlook

    In order to ensure the continued excellence of its standards, ASME

    must embrace the challenge to enlist experts from around the globe

    to participate in the its standards development process

    Regions outside of North America are significant markets of

    nuclear components and have significant sources for heavy