» Call for Expressions of Interest – Supply Chain of the nuclear energy sector supplying products and services important to nuclear safety (ITNS).

22 June, 2018

BS ISO 19443:2018. Quality management systems-Specific requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2015 by organisations in the supply chain of the nuclear energy sector supplying products and services important to nuclear safety (ITNS).

The above standard was issued in June 2018 and the purpose of this communication is to inform that UKAS intends to commence a development project later in 2018 for UKAS ISO/IEC 17021-1 accredited certification bodies (CBs) wishing to seek extension to scope for QMS certification in accordance with the new standard. Accredited CBs should register their interest in participating in the intended development project as described below* and before the deadline of 31st October 2018.

The development project will commence following output of further work planned by the ISO committee ISO /TC85/WG4 for a guidance document modelled on ISOTS 9002:2016 with nuclear complements and also guidance to ISO/IEC 17021-1 specific to conformity assessment bodies providing audit and certification of the quality management systems of suppliers of ITNS items to the nuclear sector (i.e. BS ISO 19443:2018). The next meeting of ISO/TC85/ WG4 is September 2018.

For information - a draft of the Working Group document N53 is available upon request (emily.robinson@ukas.com) for UKAS ISO/IEC 17021-1 accredited CBs. This is to provide an indication to CBs of the extent of application of some of the BS ISO 19443:2018 requirements i.e. cascading of nuclear requirements, nuclear safety culture, organisational awareness of ITNS items and graded approach including CFS items. NOTE - this is a working draft document, not yet finalised with more detail to be completed. It is being provided for information and must not be circulated outside of the receiving CB.

CBs should note the following;

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has an objective to improve the confidence in third party certification and the UKAS development project will support this objective. In addition, the UK Government is encouraging SMEs to recognise the potential new business/ market opportunities within the UK new build nuclear programme. Consequently, many companies with ISO 9001 certification may aspire to become part of the nuclear supply chain.

BS ISO/IEC 19443 is applicable to all levels in the supply chain (including lower tier suppliers) where items/material may be critical to the integrity of an item important to nuclear safety (ITNS). This is equally important when counterfeit, fraudulent or suspect (CFS) items risk entering the supply chain.

A number of organisations have been working with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre www.namrc.co.uk and are listed in the Fit for Nuclear (F4N) directory. Many of these organisations hold ISO 9001 certification from UKAS accredited certification bodies and may therefore seek certification to BS ISO 19443:2018.

*CBs wishing to register their interest should email Emily Robinson (emily.robinson@ukas.com) at the earliest opportunity identifying a single point of contact and confirming if already having ISO 9001 certified clients supplying products/services into the nuclear supply chain.