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ASME QAI-1–2016

(Revision of ASME QAI-1–2010)

Qualifications
for Authorized
Inspection
ASME QAI-1–2016
(Revision of ASME QAI-1–2010)

Qualifications
for Authorized
Inspection

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Date of Issuance: May 25, 2016

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CONTENTS

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Committee Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Summary of Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii

Part 1 Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies, Nuclear


Inspectors, and Nuclear Inspector Supervisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1-1 The Authorized Inspection Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1-2 The Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
1-3 The Authorized Nuclear Inspector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Part 2 Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies, Nuclear Inservice
Inspectors, and Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisors (Applicable to
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2-1 The Authorized Inspection Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2-2 The Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
2-3 The Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Part 3 Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies, Nuclear Inspectors
(Concrete), and Nuclear Inspector Supervisors (Concrete) (Applicable to
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3-1 The Authorized Inspection Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3-2 The Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor (Concrete) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
3-3 The Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Part 4 Accreditation of Authorized Inspection Agencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18


4-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
4-1 Required Accreditation to Provide Authorized Inspection Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
4-2 Scope of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
4-3 Application for Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
4-4 Evaluation for an AIA Certificate of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
4-5 Issuance of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
4-6 Renewal of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Part 5 Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies and Inspector
Supervisors, and Qualifications for Inspectors of Boilers and Pressure
Vessels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
5-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
5-1 The Authorized Inspection Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
5-2 The Authorized Inspector Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
5-3 The Authorized Inspector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Part 6 Qualifications and Duties for Qualified Inspection Organizations and


Qualifications for Qualified Inspectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
6-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
6-1 The Qualified Inspection Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
6-2 The Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
6-3 The Inspector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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Part 7 Accreditation of Qualified Inspection Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-1 Required Accreditation to Provide Qualified Inspection Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-2 Scope of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-3 Application for Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-4 Evaluation for QIO Certificate of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-5 Issuance of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
7-6 Renewal of Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Part 8 Qualifications and Duties for Certified Individuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
8-0 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
8-1 Qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
8-2 Duties of the Certified Individual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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FOREWORD

The 2016 Edition of ASME QAI-1 incorporates the 2010 Edition of QAI-1 and revisions and
additions approved by the QAI Standards Committee since the publication of the 2010 Edition.
This Standard is arranged into the Parts listed below.
Part 1 Requirements for qualifications and duties of the Authorized Inspection Agency, its
Authorized Nuclear Inspectors, and its Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisors, as
used with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section III, Division 1, Rules for
Construction of Nuclear Facility Components; Section III, Division 3, Containments
for Transportation and Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive
Material and Waste; and Section III, Division 5, High Temperature Reactors
Part 2 Requirements for qualifications and duties of the Authorized Inspection Agency, its
Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspectors, and its Authorized Nuclear Inservice
Inspector Supervisors, as used with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
Section XI, Rules for Inservice Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components
Part 3 Requirements for qualifications of the Authorized Inspection Agency, its Authorized
Nuclear Inspectors (Concrete), and its Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisors
(Concrete), as used with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section III,
Division 2, Code for Concrete Reactor Vessels and Containments (ACI 359)
Part 4 Requirements for accreditation of Authorized Inspection Agencies
Part 5 Requirements for qualifications and duties of the Authorized Inspection Agency and
its Supervisors, and qualifications of Authorized Inspectors, as used with the ASME
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sections I; IV; VIII, Divisions 1, 2, and 3; X; and XII.
Part 6 Requirements for qualifications and duties for Qualified Inspection Organizations and
qualifications for Inspectors and Supervisors as used with the ASME Boiler and
Pressure Vessel Code Section XII
Part 7 Requirements for accreditation of Qualified Inspection Organizations performing
inspections as required by the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XII
Part 8 Requirements for qualification and duties of the Certified Individual performing
inspections as used with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sections I; IV;
VIII, Divisions 1, 2, and 3; X; and XII when so referenced by the respective Code
Sections
These requirements were developed and are maintained by the ASME Committee on
Qualifications for Authorized Inspection, which was first formed on March 29, 1973, as a special
committee under the Policy Board, Codes and Standards and that now reports to the ASME
Board on Conformity Assessment. The Committee operates under procedures accredited by the
American National Standards Institute.
The QAI-1 Standard has been developed with the following principles intended to apply to
all jurisdictional authorities accredited as an AIA by ASME:
(a) Reciprocity. The enforcement authority (jurisdiction) agrees to accept the results of inspec-
tions required by the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code that have been performed by an
accredited AIA.
(b) Integrity. The AIA maintains the commitment to the integrity of the inspection process and
of the ASME Code Symbol Marks by fulfilling its obligations under the ASME Boiler and Pressure
Vessel Code and by recognizing the role of the third party inspection system.
(c) Openness. The enforcement authority (jurisdiction) permits ASME Certificate Holders and
Applicants for ASME Certificates of Authorization located within its jurisdiction to select other
ASME accredited AIAs.
(d) Participation in the Process. The AIA agrees to participate in the development of the ASME
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code by becoming a member of either the Conference Committee or
the International Interest Review Group (IIRG).

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When required by context in this Section, the singular shall be interpreted as the plural and
vice-versa, and the feminine, masculine, or neuter gender shall be treated as such other gender
as appropriate.
Requests for interpretations or suggestions for improvement of this Standard should be
addressed to the Secretary of the Committee on Qualifications for Authorized Inspection, The
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Two Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016-5990.

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COMMITTEE ON QUALIFICATIONS FOR AUTHORIZED
INSPECTION
(The following is the roster of the Committee as of December 2015.)

STANDARDS COMMITTEE OFFICERS


R. V. Wielgoszinski, Chair
B. Hrubala, Vice Chair
J. Pang, Secretary

STANDARDS COMMITTEE PERSONNEL


D. C. Cook, State of California, Department of Industrial Relations R. L. Pulliam, The Babcock & Wilcox Co.
P. D. Edwards, WECTEC Global Project Services, Inc. T. E. Quaka, Consultant
B. Hrubala, TUV Rheinland Industrial Solutions G. Scribner, The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel
R. M. Jessee, B&W Inspectors
P. L. Sturgill, Sturgill Welding & Code Consulting, LLC
K. A. Kavanagh, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
D. E. Tuttle, Anderson Greenwood Crosby
B. L. Krasiun, ASFALEIA Inspection & Management Services Ltd. E. A. Whittle, OneCIS
K. T. Lau, ABSA the Pressure Equipment Safety Authority R. V. Wielgoszinski, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance
J. Pang, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Company of Connecticut
D. K. Peetz, Arise Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. P. Williams, Lloyd’s Register Verification Ltd.
M. Pischke, Alstom Power, Inc. Z. Yan, State Nuclear Power Plant Service Co.

QAI SUBCOMMITTEE ON ACCREDITATION


R. V. Wielgoszinski, Chair, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & K. T. Lau, Alternate, ABSA the Pressure Equipment Safety Authority
Insurance Company of Connecticut L. E. McDonald, Consultant
R. Rockwood, Alternate, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & M. Pischke, Alstom Power, Inc.
Insurance Company of Connecticut D. Jones, Alternate, Alstom Power, Inc.
P. D. Edwards, Vice Chair, WECTEC Global Project Services, Inc. R. L. Pulliam, The Babcock & Wilcox Co.
J. M. Lyons, Alternate, WECTEC Global Project Services, Inc. E. Cutlip, Alternate, The Babcock & Wilcox Co.
J. Pang, Secretary, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers G. Scribner, The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel
T. E. Hansen, American Electric Power Inspectors
B. J. Hackett, Alternate, American Electric Power E. A. Whittle, OneCIS
K. A. Kavanagh, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission M. R. Minick, Alternate, OneCIS
S. Crane, Alternate, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission P. Williams, Lloyd’s Register Verification Ltd.
B. L. Krasiun, ASFALEIA Inspection & Management Services Ltd. R. Uebel, Alternate, Lloyd’s Register Verification Ltd.

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SUMMARY OF CHANGES

ASME QAI-1–2016, which was approved by ASME on March 17, 2016, replaces previously issued
ASME QAI-1–2010.
ASME QAI-1–2016 includes editorial changes and corrections as well as the following changes
identified by a margin note, (16).
Page Location Change
1, 2 Part 1 Title revised
1-0 Revised
1-1.1 (1) First paragraph and subpara.
1-1.1.1(a) revised
(2) Paragraphs 1-1.1.2 through 1-1.1.4
redesignated as 1-1.3 through 1-1.1.5,
respectively
(3) Paragraphs 1-1.1.2 and 1-1.1.6 added
1-1.2 Paragraphs 1-1.2, 1-1.2.2, and 1-1.2.6 and
subpara. 1-1.2.5(d) revised
3, 4 1-1.2.11 Added
1-2.1 Revised in its entirety
1-2.2 Revised
1-2.2.6 First paragraph revised
5 1-2.2.10 Revised
1-2.2.12 Added
1-3.1 Revised in its entirety
6 1-3.2.18 Revised in its entirety
7, 8 2-1.1 (1) Paragraphs 2-1.1.2 through 2-1.1.4
redesignated as 2-1.1.3 through
2-1.1.5, respectively
(2) Paragraphs 2-1.1.2 and 2-1.1.6 added
2-1.2 Revised
2-1.2.11 Added
9 2-2.1 Revised in its entirety
2-2.2 Revised
10 2-2.2.9 Added
2-3.1 Revised in its entirety
11 2-3.2.10 Revised in its entirety
12, 13 3-1.1 (1) Paragraphs 3-1.1.2 through 3-1.1.4
redesignated as 3-1.1.3 through
3-1.1.5, respectively
(2) Paragraphs 3-1.1.2 and 3-1.1.6 added
3-1.2 Revised

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Page Location Change
14, 15 3-1.2.11 Added
3-2.1 Revised in its entirety
3-2.2 Revised
16 3-2.2.11 Added
3-3.1 Revised in its entirety
3-3.2.1 Second paragraph in Note revised
17 3-3.2.19 Revised in its entirety
18 4-0 Revised
4-3 Second paragraph added
21–23 5-1.1.9 Added
5-1.2 (1) First paragraph revised
(2) Paragraph 5-1.2.11 redesignated as
5-1.2.12
(3) Paragraph 5-1.2.11 added
5-2.1 Revised in its entirety
5-2.2 Revised
5-2.2.8 Added
5-3.1 Revised in its entirety
24 5-3.3 Added
25, 26 6-1.2 (1) First paragraph revised
(2) Paragraphs 6-1.2.9 and 6-1.2.10
redesignated as 6-1.2.10 and 6-1.2.11,
respectively
(3) Paragraph 6-1.2.9 added
31 8-1 Subparagraph (a) revised

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QUALIFICATIONS FOR AUTHORIZED INSPECTION

Part 1 (16)

Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies,


Nuclear Inspectors, and Nuclear Inspector Supervisors
(Applicable to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
Section III, Divisions 1, 3, and 5)

(16) 1-0 SCOPE insurance in one or more of the states or provinces where
so licensed or registered.
Part 1 is for use with Section III, Divisions 1, 3, and
(c) a company in the business of providing “third
5 of the ASME Code,1 including applicable Addenda
party” inspection services within a jurisdiction,2 which
and Code Cases.
has government recognition to perform inspection and
design reviews for boilers and pressure vessels.
1-1 THE AUTHORIZED INSPECTION AGENCY
1-1.1.2 The jurisdiction described in 1-1.1.1(a) may
(16) 1-1.1 Qualifications designate one or more organizations to act on its behalf
An Authorized Inspection Agency is an organization to enforce its regulations. The organization shall
meeting the criteria of this Standard that is accredited (a) provide evidence establishing that such delegation
by the Society pursuant to the provisions set forth in of authority is duly authorized by the laws of the
Part 4 to provide Authorized Inspection Agency services jurisdiction
within a jurisdiction.2 Such agencies employ Authorized (b) describe how the ASME Code is accepted by the
Inspectors and Inspector Supervisors that meet the crite- jurisdiction
ria of Section III, Division 1; Section III, Division 3; or (c) describe how the Code is enforced by the
Section III, Division 5 of the ASME Code and of the organization
National Board Rules for Commissioned Inspectors.3
1-1.1.3 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be
1-1.1.1 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be accredited by the Society pursuant to the provisions
one of the following: set forth in Part 4. The Authorized Inspection Agency
(a) a jurisdiction2 that has adopted and does adminis- services provided by their Inspectors and Inspector
ter Section III, Division 1; Section III, Division 3; or Supervisors shall also be subject to audit by ASME for
Section III, Division 5 of the ASME Code as a legal compliance with this Standard during shop or site
requirement and is qualified to be represented on the reviews of organizations for which they provide
ASME Code Conference Committee. Authorized Nuclear Inspection.
(b) an insurance company that has been licensed or
registered by the appropriate authority of a state of the 1-1.1.4 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
United States of America, or of a province of Canada, provide authorized inspection services within such
to write boiler and pressure vessel insurance in such states or provinces by Inspectors and Inspector
state or province. The insurance company shall show Supervisors who meet the qualifications of the
its capability to provide boiler and pressure vessel insur- Authorized Nuclear Inspector and of the Authorized
ance coverage by being actively engaged in writing such Nuclear Inspector Supervisor as defined herein.

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1-1.1.5 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
2 have no commercial interest in, or shall be independent
Considered to be enforcement authority per Section III,
Subsection NCA, NCA-9000, of the ASME Code, as appropriate. of any part of an organization having direct commercial
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The National Board refers to The National Board of Boiler and interest in, the products to be inspected. The staff shall be
Pressure Vessel Inspectors. free from any commercial, financial, and other pressures

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that might influence their judgment or the results of 1-1.2.5 Assure proper execution of responsibilities.
their work. In particular, the Agency shall
(a) establish and implement an internal program
1-1.1.6 Authorized Inspection Agencies described which shall provide assurance that those of its employ-
in 1-1.1.1(b) and (c) shall have liability insurance and ees holding the positions of Supervisor and Authorized
shall Nuclear Inspector perform work in accordance with the
(a) be able to demonstrate that they have adequate requirements of Part 1. This program shall be docu-
arrangements (e.g., insurance or reserves) to cover the mented by written policies, procedures, or instructions
liabilities and shall be carried out throughout the life term of any
(b) evaluate their finances and sources of income and agreement covering inspections required by the ASME
shall be able to demonstrate that initially, and on an Code, in accordance with the program. The program
annual basis, commercial, financial, or other pressures shall provide for indoctrination and training of person-
do not compromise their impartiality nel performing such activities, as necessary, to ensure
(c) retain documentary evidence that they have that suitable proficiency is achieved and maintained.
reviewed their activities on an annual basis to ensure (b) provide instructions in writing to Authorized
that the requirements of (a) and (b) have been met Nuclear Inspectors and their Supervisors, specifying
(d) declare by signature in the Quality Assurance their respective duties and responsibilities.
Manual’s Statement of Policy that the requirements of (c) provide instructions in writing to Authorized
(a) and (b) will be met Nuclear Inspectors requiring them to immediately con-
(e) submit the documentary evidence as part of their tact their Supervisor whenever the Inspector is unable
application for the ASME Certificate of Accreditation to readily resolve any question concerning ASME Code
compliance, manufacturing procedure, or quality assur-
(16) 1-1.2 Duties ance provision or its implementation. Instructions
An Authorized Inspection Agency4 shall perform the should be included as a reminder to the Authorized
duties specified in 1-1.2.1 through 1-1.2.11. Nuclear Inspector that he has the authority and the duty
to refuse to sign any Data Reports involving noncon-
1-1.2.1 Provide Supervisors and Inspectors to par- formance with the ASME Code.
ticipate in the ASME surveys of Certificate Holders for (d) conduct annual planned audits of activities per-
which they provide Authorized Nuclear Inspection. formed by Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisors to
Ensure the Inspector ’s diary is made available for verify compliance with the provisions of Part 1 and the
ASME surveys and investigations. The purpose of the ASME Code Section III, Division 1, 3, and/or 5. The
diary is to provide a record of the Inspector’s activities audit shall be performed by appropriately trained per-
and to support the continuity of inspections. sonnel, in accordance with a written procedure or check-
list. Audit results shall be documented and reviewed
1-1.2.2 Provide qualified Authorized Nuclear by management. Follow-up action, including reaudit of
Inspectors to monitor construction5 in accordance with deficient areas, shall be taken where indicated to ensure
the ASME Code Section III, Division 1, 3, and/or 5. that necessary corrective action is completed.
1-1.2.3 Maintain qualified Supervisors to monitor (e) establish and implement a written policy to ensure
the performance of the Authorized Nuclear Inspectors levels of inspection activity commensurate with the
and to audit the activities at nuclear shops and field scope of the AIA’s Certificate of Accreditation.
sites for which inspection agreements have been made, 1-1.2.6 Provide certification for each Authorized
in accordance with the requirements of 1-2.2.6. Nuclear Inspector and Supervisor to be performing
work under the provisions of the ASME Code Section
1-1.2.4 Give written notice to all Inspectors of the III, Division 1, 3, and/or 5 to ensure that the Inspectors
name, office address, email address, office phone, and and Supervisors meet the required experience and train-
mobile phone of their respective Supervisors annually ing requirements of Part 1. Certification and documenta-
or whenever there is a change in the above contact tion of qualifications shall be retained by the employer
information. and shall be made available for review by the jurisdic-
tional Authorities and the ASME Survey Team, upon
4
request.
Wherever used in Part 1, the term Agency or employer refers to
the Authorized Inspection Agency, the term Supervisor refers to an 1-1.2.7 Submit to the National Board an applica-
Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor, and the term Inspector tion for an “N” endorsement for the Authorized Nuclear
refers to an Authorized Nuclear Inspector. Inspector applicant, certifying that he has the required
5
Construction, as used in Divisions 1 and 3, is an all-inclusive
experience and training and that qualified supervision
term comprising materials, design, fabrication, examination, test-
ing, inspection, and certification required in the manufacture and will be provided to ensure that the Authorized Nuclear
installation of items. Inspector satisfactorily fulfills his functions.

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1-1.2.8 Submit to the National Board an applica- the location(s) where the prescribed activity is
tion for an “NS” endorsement for the Authorized performed.
Nuclear Inspector Supervisor applicant, certifying that (d) Training. The Program shall describe the process
the Supervisor has the required experience and training. for the indoctrination and training of personnel respon-
sible for implementing the Program.
1-1.2.9 Verify to the National Board that the audits
(e) Records. The Program shall describe the process
required by 1-2.2.6 have been carried out.
for records management. The description shall include
1-1.2.10 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment measures to ensure that the records are controlled and
Department when entering into an agreement or when- maintained in a manner that prevents damage, deterio-
ever an existing agreement is terminated with an ASME ration, and loss. The AIA’s records necessary to verify
Certificate Holder or Owner. compliance with this QAI Standard, except for personnel
In addition, the enforcement authority shall be notified qualification records, shall be maintained for a minimum
whenever an agreement with an Owner is written or an of 5 yr. The personnel qualification records, necessary
Owner’s agreement is terminated. to verify compliance with this QAI Standard, shall be
maintained while the individual is providing AIA ser-
(16) 1-1.2.11 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment vices and for a minimum of 5 yr after the individual
department immediately, when a change in qualification ceases to provide AIA services.
status as indicated in 1-1.1.1, or on the Certificate of
(f) Corrective Actions. The Program shall describe the
Accreditation, occurs.
process for the identification, review, and correction of a
condition or activity that is not conducted in accordance
1-1.3 AIA Quality Program
with the Program. Corrective action shall be taken to
1-1.3.1 A documented Quality Program shall be preclude the repetition of nonconforming conditions.
established, implemented, and maintained by the The description of the process shall include how correc-
Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) in accordance with tive action is implemented, documented, and reported
the requirements of this Standard. The AIA Quality to management.
Program shall identify the activities to which it applies (g) Audits. The Program shall describe the audit pro-
and shall provide for the planning, control, and accom- cess and shall include the following as a minimum:
plishment of activities affecting the quality of the (1) A comprehensive system of planned and peri-
Authorized Inspection Agency’s implementation of odic audits shall be carried out to verify compliance
duties and activities as described in applicable Parts of with applicable requirements of the QAI-1 Standard and
this Standard. the AIA Quality Program and to determine its effective-
ness. The audits shall be performed in accordance with
1-1.3.2 The AIA Quality Program shall, at a mini-
written procedures or checklists by appropriately
mum, include the following parts:
trained personnel not having direct responsibility in the
(a) Organization. The Program shall document the
areas being audited.
organizational structure, functional responsibilities, lev-
(2) Audit results shall be documented and the
els of authority, and lines of responsibility for activities
results shall be reviewed by management responsible
required for compliance with requirements of this
for the area audited. Follow-up action including reaudit
Standard.
of deficient areas shall be taken where indicated.
(b) Program Description. The Program shall describe
(3) At least annually, the overall adequacy and
the scope of the activities for which the Program applies.
effectiveness of the implementation of the AIA Quality
The scope shall include all requirements of the QAI-1
Program shall be reviewed and the results of the review
Standard for which the Authorized Inspection Agency
documented and reported to management.
is accredited by the Society (or for which the applicant
is seeking Society accreditation as an Accredited
Authorized Inspection Agency). The Program shall doc- 1-2 THE AUTHORIZED NUCLEAR INSPECTOR
ument the policies and describe the process for the SUPERVISOR
implementation of the requirements of the QAI-1 1-2.1 Qualifications (16)
Standard.
The Supervisor shall be selected and designated as
(c) Document Control. The Program shall describe the
such by his employer. The Supervisor shall have the
process for the review and revision of the Program. All
qualifications specified in 1-2.1.1 through 1-2.1.6.
changes to the Program shall be controlled and the pro-
cess for review and approval of changes shall be speci- 1-2.1.1 The Supervisor shall have passed an exami-
fied. All changes to the Program require prior review nation developed and administered by the National
and approval by the Society before implementation as Board and received an “NS” endorsement from the
required by 4-4(d). Further, the Program shall be con- National Board. The examinations shall encompass suf-
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to ascertain the validity of the ASME BPV Code require- Supervisor shall maintain documentation of such
ments and quality assurance requirements of ASME BPV activities.
Code Section III, Divisions 1, 3, and 5. The examination
1-2.2.4 The Supervisor shall be responsible for
shall be graded by the National Board and results pro-
the technical performance of the Authorized Nuclear
vided to the Authorized Inspection Agency concerned.
Inspector(s) assigned to him. He shall report in writing
1-2.1.2 A candidate for designation as an to his management significant nonconforming activities
Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor shall have that are reported to him or that he has observed on the
qualified as an Authorized Nuclear Inspector and subse- part of the Inspector, following full investigation of such
quently either shall have been engaged for at least 2 yr activities.
of diversified inspection experience in the construction 1-2.2.5 Either establish, or have available to him,
of ASME BPV Code Section I, Section III, or Section VIII a system to record and limit his radiation exposure and
pressure equipment or shall have been engaged for at that of the Inspectors assigned to him. This system shall
least 2 yr in the administration of shop inspection ser- be under the regulation of his employer, who shall main-
vices under the referenced ASME BPV Code Sections. tain an acceptable system of control.
1-2.1.3 The supervisor shall have a working 1-2.2.6 Audit the performance of each Authorized (16)
knowledge of ASME BPV Code Sections, applicable Nuclear Inspector under his supervision on a planned
Code Cases, and reference codes and standards. and periodic basis. Each Authorized Nuclear Inspector
1.2.1.4 The Supervisor shall have experience that actively engaged in Section III, Division 1, 3, and/or 5
includes the review and implementation of quality Code inspection shall be audited at least twice a year
assurance programs and resolution of corrective actions at the shop or site to which he is assigned. When an
associated with the program. Inspector is assigned to more than one shop or site at
which Code activities are being performed, or have been
1-2.1.5 The Supervisor shall have knowledge of performed since the previous audit, the Authorized
ASME nuclear survey procedures, which shall include Nuclear Inspector shall be audited at least once a year
either of the following: at each location. At the time of this audit, the Supervisor
(a) service with at least two nuclear survey teams as shall be accompanied by the Authorized Nuclear
a member or as an observer, or Inspector. The audit shall include, but not be limited
(b) serving as a member or observer on one ASME to, a check that the duties listed under 1-3.2 are being
nuclear survey team, plus documented satisfactory com- performed, and a check of the following:
pletion of a course promulgated by ASME on the con- (a) one item under construction or installation phase
duct of nuclear surveys and administration of ASME to ensure implementation of the Quality Assurance
nuclear accreditation programs Program.
1-2.1.6 The Supervisor shall receive health physics (b) travelers or process sheets6 accompanying items
training prior to exposure to occupational related ioniz- in the construction or installation phase to ensure that
ing radiation. these accurately represent and properly attest to the
work, examinations, tests, and inspections performed.
(16) 1-2.2 Duties Particular attention should be given to provision for
The Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor shall hold points and sign-off.
perform the duties specified in 1-2.2.1 through 1-2.2.12. (c) the Certificate Holder ’s Quality Assurance
Manual to ensure that changes, if any, in the Quality
1-2.2.1 Maintain a record of Certificate Holders’
Assurance Program have been accepted and have been
shop and field sites where Inspectors assigned to him
properly incorporated in the Manual.
by his Authorized Inspection Agency for supervision
(d) a review of nonconformances to ensure that appro-
are performing Code inspection activities. He shall
priate technical review has been provided and that cor-
record the date of his visits to such locations when
rective measures are adequate and timely.
related to his assigned supervisory duties.
(e) the Certificate Holder’s record keeping procedure
1-2.2.2 Maintain a record of those Authorized to ensure traceability of any phase of work or nonde-
Nuclear Inspectors assigned to him and a description structive examination results as required by the ASME
of their assignments. Code.
1-2.2.3 Assist in maintaining the competency of (f) the Authorized Nuclear Inspector ’s records or
the Authorized Nuclear Inspector through periodic diary of inspection phases performed on identified
arrangement of panel discussions of work-related topics; items, with dates of the inspection activities noted.
written communications of unique problems and their 6
Travelers or process sheets — a listing of sequential operations
solution; informal question and answer discussion ses- that include, but need not be limited to, inspections, testing, exami-
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1-2.2.7 The audit required in 1-2.2.6 shall be 1-3.1.3 The Inspector shall have a working knowl-
recorded in writing and shall contain a written comment edge of ASME BPV Code Section III, Divisions 1, 3,
regarding the status of each item audited. and 5; applicable Code Cases; and reference codes and
standards.
1-2.2.8 The Supervisor shall ensure that the activi-
ties covered by the Certificate Holder ’s Quality 1-3.1.4 The Inspector shall have knowledge of
Assurance Manual which are performed at locations not quality assurance requirements and shop and field pro-
assigned to an Authorized Nuclear Inspector are audited cedures and processes.
at least twice a year. Corporate offices would be an
1-3.1.5 The Inspector shall have the knowledge
example of such a location. Engineering and procure-
and ability to evaluate and monitor shop and field proce-
ment could be examples of the types of activities per-
dures and performance.
formed at such a location. If no activities have been
performed at these locations during the period from the 1-3.1.6 The Inspector shall have demonstrated the
last audit, then only one audit per year is required. ability to perform shop and field inspections to the satis-
faction of the Authorized Inspection Agency employing
1-2.2.9 The Supervisor shall ensure that portions
the Inspector.
of the N-Type Certificate Holder’s Quality Assurance
Program that involve supply or manufacture and supply 1-3.1.7 The Inspector shall have a satisfactory
of materials are audited at least once each year. degree of experience, knowledge, and background for
the inspection of nuclear items, consistent with the com-
(16) 1-2.2.10 The Supervisor shall investigate and
plexity of the assignment.
report in writing to his management significant observed
or reported ASME Code or Quality Assurance Program 1-3.1.8 The Inspector shall have knowledge of the
nonconformance by the Certificate Holder engaged in requirements for lifetime and nonpermanent records.
ASME Code Section III, Division 1, 3, or 5 activities. 1-3.1.9 The Inspector shall receive health physics
1-2.2.11 The Supervisor shall audit the NS training prior to any exposure to occupational related
Certificate Holder’s Quality Assurance Program at least ionizing radiation.
once each year.
1-3.2 Duties
(16) 1-2.2.12 The Supervisor shall record, in the
The Inspector’s duties are covered in the ASME Code
Inspector Diary (see 1-3.2.18), dates of all audits and
and include, but are not limited to 1-3.2.1 through
all visits to shop and field locations when related to
1-3.2.18.
supervisory duties.
1-3.2.1 He shall verify that the manufacturer or
installer has the required Certificate of Authorization to
1-3 THE AUTHORIZED NUCLEAR INSPECTOR construct the items contracted for. It is necessary to check
(16) 1-3.1 Qualifications the Certificate to make certain that it has not expired
and to determine the scope of construction permitted
The Inspector shall be selected and designated as such
under the terms of the Certificate.
by his employer. The Inspector shall have the qualifica-
tions specified in 1-3.1.1 through 1-3.1.9. NOTE: The fact that the manufacturer or installer has the required
Code Symbol Stamp is not sufficient evidence to assume that he
1-3.1.1 The Inspector shall have passed an exami- has a valid Certificate of Authorization.
nation developed and administered by the National
Board and received an “N” endorsement from the
1-3.2.2 He shall monitor the Quality Assurance
Program and verify conformity.
National Board. The examination shall encompass suffi-
cient means to determine the candidate’s knowledge of 1-3.2.3 He shall verify that the Certificate Holder
and familiarity with the ASME BPV Code. The examina- has the necessary Code books, Addenda, and Code
tion shall be graded by the National Board and results Cases for the work he inspects.
provided to the Authorized Inspection Agency
1-3.2.4 He shall verify that the Design Specification
concerned.
and Design Report, where required, are available, prop-
1-3.1.2 A candidate for designation as an erly certified by Registered Professional Engineers in
Authorized Nuclear Inspector shall have qualified as an accordance with ASME Code requirements, and that
Authorized Inspector and either shall have been they are on file.
engaged for at least 1 yr in ASME BPV Code related
1-3.2.5 He shall verify that material complies with
work, such as inspections under the provisions of the
the applicable ASME Code requirements.
ASME BPV Code, or shall have been engaged for at least
1 yr as an Inspector Trainee of nuclear items under the 1-3.2.6 When it is necessary to cut the material into
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Holder’s controls are such that responsible personnel that the nameplate stamping is correct and that the
transfer the identification in order to maintain traceabil- nameplate has been properly attached.
ity of the material.
1-3.2.17 He shall also inspect, where applicable,
1-3.2.7 He shall verify that the Certificate Holder’s items that are reported on Data Reports and those that
personnel are examining all cut edges, as required by are constructed using methods other than welding.
the ASME Code. 1-3.2.18 He shall keep an electronic or bound (not (16)
1-3.2.8 He shall verify that welding procedures looseleaf) record or diary of his activities and inspections
conform to the ASME Code Sections III and IX. made, detailing corrections and any other pertinent data
that will be useful to him and his employer. Information
1-3.2.9 He shall verify that welders and welding to be recorded shall include a description of the item
operators are properly qualified and that their qualifica- inspected, the type of observations made, the require-
tion permits them to use the required procedures. ments that prompted the activity, and the results of
inspection.
1-3.2.10 During construction, he shall verify that
the welding controls permit only the use of qualified 1-3.2.18.1 Electronic diaries shall, as a minimum
welding procedures and qualified welders and (a) be under the complete administrative control of
operators. the AIA
(b) be secured in such a way as to prevent revisions,
1-3.2.11 If welded repairs are found to be neces-
additions, or deletions to data that have been previously
sary during construction, he shall verify that only prop-
logged in the diary
erly qualified procedures, welders, and operators are
(c) provide a means for other inspectors and supervi-
used.
sors, within the Authorized Inspection Agency, to
1-3.2.12 He shall verify that required heat treat- review diary entries, as required
ments have been performed and are properly (d) include a provision for signatures by a PIN or
documented. other secure means
1-3.2.13 He shall verify that required non- 1-3.2.18.2 All diaries, whether electronic or
destructive examinations and tests have been performed bound, shall as a minimum
by qualified personnel and that the results are prop- (a) be completed daily or at each inspection visit by
erly documented and meet Code requirements. the Inspector.
Nondestructive examination procedures and acceptance (b) be available at the location of the inspection. For
standards shall be in accordance with the ASME Code. field sites, the diary must be available for the duration
of the work.
1-3.2.14 He shall perform the required inspections (c) be maintained for a minimum of 5 yr from the
prior to closure for testing. He shall also witness hydro- date of the entry.
static or pneumatic tests. (d) be available for surveys, reviews, audits, and
1-3.2.15 He shall verify that the responsible repre- investigations.
sentative of the Certificate Holder has signed the Data 1-3.3 Performance of Inspector’s Duties
Report and verified it as correct before he signs it.
The audit performed in conformance with 1-2.2.6 and
1-3.2.16 Prior to stamping, he shall verify to the documented in accordance with 1-2.2.7 shall provide
best of his knowledge and belief that the item is in evidence of the satisfactory performance of the duties
compliance with the ASME Code. He shall also verify of 1-3.2 by the Inspector.

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Part 2
Qualifications and Duties for Authorized
Inspection Agencies, Nuclear Inservice Inspectors, and
Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisors (Applicable to ASME
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XI)

2-0 SCOPE 2-1.1.2 The jurisdiction described in 2-1.1.1(a) may


1 designate one or more organizations to act on its behalf
Part 2 is for use with Section XI of the ASME Code, to enforce its regulations. The organization shall
including applicable Addenda and Code Cases.
(a) provide evidence establishing that such delegation
of authority is duly authorized by the laws of the
2-1 THE AUTHORIZED INSPECTION AGENCY jurisdiction
(b) describe how the ASME Code is accepted by the
(16) 2-1.1 Qualifications jurisdiction
An Authorized Inspection Agency is an organization (c) describe how the Code is enforced by the
meeting the criteria of this Standard that is accredited organization
by the Society pursuant to the provisions set forth in 2-1.1.3 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be
Part 4 to provide Authorized Inspection Agency services accredited by the Society pursuant to the provisions
within a jurisdiction.2 Such agencies employ Authorized set forth in Part 4. The Authorized Inspection Agency
Inspectors and Inspector Supervisors that meet the crite- services provided by their Inspectors and Inspector
ria of Section XI of the ASME Code and of the National Supervisors shall also be subject to audit by ASME for
Board Rules for Commissioned Inspectors.3 compliance with this Standard during shop or site
2-1.1.1 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be reviews of organizations for which they provide
one of the following: Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspection.
(a) a jurisdiction2 that has adopted and does adminis- 2-1.1.4 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
ter Section XI of the ASME Code as a legal requirement provide authorized inspection services within such
and is qualified to be represented on the ASME Code states or provinces by Inspectors and Inspector
Conference Committee. Supervisors who meet the qualifications of the
(b) an insurance company that has been licensed or Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector and of the
registered by the appropriate authority of a state of the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisor as
United States of America, or of a province of Canada, defined herein.
to write boiler and pressure vessel insurance in such
state or province. The insurance company shall show 2-1.1.5 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
its capability to provide boiler and pressure vessel insur- have no commercial interest in, or shall be independent
ance coverage by being actively engaged in writing such of any part of an organization having direct commercial
insurance in one or more of the states or provinces where interest in, the products to be inspected. The staff shall be
so licensed or registered. free from any commercial, financial, and other pressures
(c) a company in the business of providing “third that might influence their judgment or the results of
party” inspection services within a jurisdiction,2 which their work.
has government recognition to perform inspection and 2-1.1.6 Authorized Inspection Agencies described
design reviews for boilers and pressure vessels. in 2-1.1.1(b) and (c) shall have liability insurance and
shall
1
(a) be able to demonstrate that they have adequate
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
2
arrangements (e.g., insurance or reserves) to cover the
Considered to be enforcement authority per Section III,
Subsection NCA, NCA-9000, of the ASME Code, as appropriate. liabilities
3
The National Board refers to The National Board of Boiler and (b) evaluate their finances and sources of income and
Pressure Vessel Inspectors. shall be able to demonstrate that initially, and on an

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annual basis, commercial, financial, or other pressures (d) Establish and implement a written policy to
do not compromise their impartiality ensure levels of inspection activity commensurate with
(c) retain documentary evidence that they have the scope of the AIA’s Certificate of Accreditation.
reviewed their activities on an annual basis to ensure
that the requirements of (a) and (b) have been met 2-1.2.5 Submit to the National Board an applica-
(d) declare by signature in the Quality Assurance tion for an “I” endorsement for the Authorized Nuclear
Manual’s Statement of Policy that the requirements of Inservice Inspector applicant, certifying that the
(a) and (b) will be met Inspector has the required experience and training and
(e) submit the documentary evidence as part of their that qualified supervision will be provided to ensure
application for the ASME Certificate of Accreditation that the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector satisfac-
torily fulfills his functions.
(16) 2-1.2 Duties
An Authorized Inspection Agency4 shall perform the 2-1.2.6 Submit to the National Board an applica-
duties specified in 2-1.2.1 through 2-1.2.11. tion for an “NS” endorsement for the Authorized
2-1.2.1 Provide qualified Authorized Nuclear Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisor applicant, certi-
Inservice Inspectors to monitor inservice examinations, fying that the Supervisor has the required experience
tests, repairs, and replacements in accordance with the and training.
ASME Code Section XI. 2-1.2.7 Verify to the National Board that the audits
2-1.2.2 Maintain qualified Supervisors to monitor required by 2-2.2.6 have been carried out.
the performance of the Authorized Nuclear Inservice
Inspectors and to audit the activities at sites for which 2-1.2.8 Establish a system to record and control
inspection agreements have been made in accordance the radiation exposure of those employees engaged in
with the requirements of 2-2.2.6. nuclear inspection activities.
2-1.2.3 Give written notice to all Inspectors of the 2-1.2.9 Take appropriate action to advise the
name, office address, email address, office phone, and Owner of the need to correct nonconforming activities
mobile phone of their respective Supervisors annually reported by its Supervisors and Inspectors to ensure
or whenever there is a change in the above contact ASME Code compliance.
information.
2-1.2.10 Ensure the Inspector’s diary is made avail-
2-1.2.4 Assure proper execution of responsibilities.
able for ASME investigations. The purpose of the diary
In particular, the Agency shall
is to provide a record of the Inspector’s activities and
(a) establish and implement an internal program
to support the continuity of inspections.
which shall provide assurance that those of its employ-
ees holding the positions of Supervisor or Nuclear 2-1.2.11 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment (16)
Inservice Inspector perform work in accordance with department immediately when a change in qualification
the requirements of Part 2. This program shall be docu- status as indicated in 2-1.1.1, or on the Certificate of
mented by written policies, procedures, or instructions Accreditation, occurs.
and shall be carried out throughout the term of any
agreement covering inspections required by the ASME 2-1.3 AIA Quality Program
Code, in accordance with the program. The program
shall provide for indoctrination and training of person- 2-1.3.1 A documented Quality Program shall be
nel performing these activities, as necessary, to ensure established, implemented, and maintained by the
that suitable proficiency is achieved and maintained. Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) in accordance with
(b) provide instructions in writing to Authorized the requirements of this Standard. The AIA Quality
Nuclear Inservice Inspectors and their Supervisors, Program shall identify the activities to which it applies
specifying their respective duties and responsibilities. and shall provide for the planning, control, and accom-
(c) conduct annual planned audits of its activities to plishment of activities affecting the quality of the
verify compliance with the provisions of the ASME Authorized Inspection Agency’s implementation of
Code. The audits shall be performed by appropriately duties and activities as described in applicable parts of
trained personnel in accordance with a written proce- this Standard.
dure or checklist. Audit results shall be documented and
reviewed by management. Follow-up action, including 2-1.3.2 The AIA Quality Program shall, at a mini-
reaudit of deficient areas, shall be taken where indicated mum, include the following parts:
to ensure that necessary corrective action is completed. (a) Organization. The Program shall document the
4
organizational structure, functional responsibilities, lev-
Wherever used in Part 2, the term Agency or employer refers to els of authority, and lines of responsibility for activities
the Authorized Inspection Agency, the term Supervisor refers to an
Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisor, and the term required for compliance with requirements of this
Inspector refers to an Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector. Standard.

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(b) Program Description. The Program shall describe (3) At least annually, the overall adequacy and
the scope of the activities for which the Program applies. effectiveness of the implementation of the AIA Quality
The scope shall include all requirements of the QAI-1 Program shall be reviewed and the results of the review
Standard for which the Authorized Inspection Agency documented and reported to management.
is accredited by the Society (or for which the applicant
is seeking Society accreditation as an Accredited 2-2 THE AUTHORIZED NUCLEAR INSERVICE
Authorized Inspection Agency). The Program shall doc- INSPECTOR SUPERVISOR
ument the policies and describe the process for the
implementation of the requirements of the QAI-1 2-2.1 Qualifications (16)
Standard. The Supervisor shall be selected and designated as
(c) Document Control. The Program shall describe the such by his employer. The Supervisor shall have the
process for the review and revision of the Program. All qualifications specified in 2-2.1.1 through 2-2.1.4.
changes to the Program shall be controlled and the pro-
cess for review and approval of changes shall be speci- 2-2.1.1 A candidate for designation as an
fied. All changes to the Program require prior review Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector Supervisor
and approval by the Society before implementation as (NS I ) shall have qualified as an Authorized Nuclear
required by 4-4(d). Further, the Program shall be con- Inspector Supervisor in accordance with 1-2.1.
trolled to ensure appropriate distribution to and use at 2-2.1.2 The Supervisor shall have qualified as an
the location(s) where the prescribed activity is Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector (ANII), and sub-
performed. sequently shall have been engaged for at least 1 yr as
(d) Training. The Program shall describe the process an ANII and have at least 1 yr of experience in NDE
for the indoctrination and training of personnel respon- methods. Such a minimum of 1-yr engagement as an
sible for implementing the Program. Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector and 1 yr of expe-
(e) Records. The Program shall describe the process rience in NDE methods may be during the same year.
for records management. The description shall include
2-2.1.3 The Supervisor shall have a working
measures to ensure that the records are controlled and
knowledge of the requirements of ASME BPV Code
maintained in a manner that prevents damage, deterio-
Section XI, applicable Code Cases, and reference codes
ration, and loss. The AIA’s records necessary to verify
and standards.
compliance with this QAI Standard, except for personnel
qualification records, shall be maintained for a minimum 2-2.1.4 The Supervisor shall receive health physics
of 5 yr. The personnel qualification records, necessary training prior to any exposure to occupational related
to verify compliance with this QAI Standard, shall be ionizing radiation.
maintained while the individual is providing AIA ser-
vices and for a minimum of 5 yr after the individual 2-2.2 Duties (16)
ceases to provide AIA services. The Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector
(f) Corrective Actions. The Program shall describe the Supervisor shall perform the duties specified in 2-2.2.1
process for the identification, review, and correction of a through 2-2.2.9.
condition or activity that is not conducted in accordance
2-2.2.1 Maintain a record of Owners’ sites where
with the Program. Corrective action shall be taken to
Inspectors assigned to him by his Authorized Agency
preclude the repetition of nonconforming conditions.
are performing ASME Code inspection activities. He
The description of the process shall include how correc-
shall record the date of his visits to such locations when
tive action is implemented, documented, and reported
related to his assigned supervisory duties.
to management.
(g) Audits. The Program shall describe the audit pro- 2-2.2.2 Maintain a record of those Authorized
cess and shall include the following as a minimum: Nuclear Inservice Inspectors assigned to him and a
(1) A comprehensive system of planned and peri- description of their assignments.
odic audits shall be carried out to verify compliance
2-2.2.3 Assist in maintaining the competency of
with applicable requirements of the QAI-1 Standard and
the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector through
the AIA Quality Program and to determine its effective-
periodic arrangement of panel discussions of work-
ness. The audits shall be performed in accordance with
related topics, written communications of unique prob-
written procedures or checklists by appropriately
lems and their solution, informal question and answer
trained personnel not having direct responsibility in the
discussion sessions, and other means he deems suitable.
areas being audited.
The Supervisor shall maintain documentation of such
(2) Audit results shall be documented and the
activities.
results shall be reviewed by management responsible
for the area audited. Follow-up action including reaudit 2-2.2.4 The Supervisor shall be responsible for
of deficient areas shall be taken where indicated. the technical performance of the Authorized Nuclear

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Inservice Inspector(s) assigned to him. He shall report 2-2.2.9 The Supervisor shall record, in the (16)
in writing to his management nonconforming activities Inspector Diary (see 2-3.2.10), dates of all audits and
that are reported to him or that he has observed on the visits to shop and field locations when related to super-
part of the Inspector, following full investigation of such visory duties.
activities.
2-2.2.5 Either establish, or have available to him, 2-3 THE AUTHORIZED NUCLEAR INSERVICE
a system to record and limit his radiation exposure and INSPECTOR
that of the Inspectors assigned to him. This system shall
2-3.1 Qualifications (16)
be under the regulation of his employer, who shall main-
tain an acceptable system of control. The Inspector shall be selected and designated as such
by his employer. The Supervisor shall have the qualifica-
2-2.2.6 Audit the performance of each Authorized tions specified in 2-3.1.1 through 2-3.1.9.
Nuclear Inservice Inspector under his supervision on a
planned and periodic basis. Each Authorized Nuclear 2-3.1.1 The Inspector shall have passed an exami-
Inservice Inspector actively engaged in Section XI Code nation developed and administered by the National
inspection shall be audited at least twice a year at the site Board and received an “I” endorsement from the
to which he is assigned. When an Inspector is assigned to National Board. The examination shall encompass suffi-
more than one site at which Code activities are being cient means to determine the candidate’s knowledge of,
performed or have been performed since the previous and familiarity with, ASME BPV Code Section XI and
audit, the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector shall NDE Methods as referenced therein. The examination
be audited at least once a year at each site. At the time shall be graded by the National Board and results pro-
of this audit, the Supervisor shall be accompanied by vided to the Authorized Inspection Agency concerned.
the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector. The audit 2-3.1.2 A candidate for designation as an
shall include, but not be limited to, a check that the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector shall have quali-
duties listed under 2-3.2 are being performed and a fied as an Authorized Nuclear Inspector and shall have
check of the following: been engaged in at least 1 yr in ASME BPV Code related
(a) the Authorized Nuclear Inservice Inspector ’s work, such as inspections under the provisions of the
record or diary of inspection phases performed on iden- ASME BPV Code, or shall have been engaged for at least
tified items, with dates of the inspection activities noted 1 yr as an Inspector Trainee of nuclear items under the
(b) methods used by the Inspector to assure himself direct supervision of an Authorized Nuclear Inservice
that Code requirements are met with by the Owner Inspector.
(c) that the Inspector is complying with employer’s
2-3.1.3 The Inspector shall have a working knowl-
policies, instructions, and procedures
edge of Section XI of the ASME BPV Code, applicable
(d) Owner ’s record keeping procedures to verify
Code Cases, and reference codes and standards.
traceability requirements for any phase of nondestruc-
tive examination, evaluation of results, or subsequent 2-3.1.4 The Inspector shall have knowledge of
repair activities quality assurance requirements and shop and field pro-
(e) calibration procedures of nondestructive examina- cedures and processes.
tion equipment and adequacy of record-keeping 2-3.1.5 The Inspector shall have the knowledge
procedures and ability to evaluate and monitor shop and field proce-
(f) local environmental conditions of components dures and performance.
examined to ensure that tests and examinations per-
formed on the components are valid 2-3.1.6 The Inspector shall have demonstrated the
(g) a review to ensure that all nonconforming items ability to perform shop and field nuclear inservice
disclosed during this audit or prior audits have been inspections to the satisfaction of the Authorized
brought into accordance with applicable ASME Code Inspection Agency employing the Inspector.
Sections 2-3.1.7 The Inspector shall have a satisfactory
2-2.2.7 The audit required in 2-2.2.6 shall be degree of experience, knowledge, and background for
recorded in writing and shall contain a written comment the inspection of nuclear items, consistent with the com-
regarding the status of each item audited. plexity of the assignment.
2-3.1.8 The Inspector shall have knowledge of the
2-2.2.8 The Supervisor shall investigate and report
requirements for lifetime and nonpermanent records.
in writing to his management any observed or reported
ASME Code or Quality Assurance Program noncon- 2-3.1.9 The Inspector shall receive health physics
formance by the Owner or other parties engaged in training prior to any exposure to occupational related
ASME Code Section XI activities. ionizing radiation.

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2-3.2 Duties and NIS-2 forms, and verified them as correct before he
The Inspector ’s duties are covered in ASME Code signs them.
Section XI and include, but are not limited to 2-3.2.1 2-3.2.10 He shall keep an electronic or bound (not (16)
through 2-3.2.10. looseleaf) record or diary of his activities and inspections
2-3.2.1 He shall verify that the Owner or User has made, detailing corrections and any other pertinent data
the applicable Code books, Addenda, and Code Cases. that will be useful to him and his employer. Information
to be recorded shall include a description of the item
2-3.2.2 He shall verify that materials used for inspected, the type of observations made, the require-
nondestructive examinations comply with ASME Code ments that prompted the activity, and the results of
Section XI requirements. inspection.
2-3.2.3 He shall verify that required nondestruc-
2-3.2.10.1 Electronic diaries shall, as a minimum
tive examinations and tests have been made by person-
(a) be under the complete administrative control of
nel who meet the qualifications and requirements of
the AIA
ASME Code Section XI and that the results are properly
(b) be secured in such a way as to prevent revisions,
documented and meet ASME Code Section XI require-
additions, or deletions to that have been previously
ments. Nondestructive examination procedures and
logged in the diary
acceptance standards shall be in accordance with ASME
Code Section XI. (c) provide a means for other inspectors and supervi-
sors, within the Authorized Inspection Agency, to
2-3.2.4 He shall verify that the Design Specification review diary entries, as required
and Design Report for repairs and replacements, where (d) include a provision for signatures by a PIN or
required, are available, properly certified by Registered other secure means
Professional Engineers in accordance with ASME Code
requirements, and that they are on file. 2-3.2.10.2 All diaries, whether electronic or
bound, shall as a minimum
2-3.2.5 He shall verify that all required welding (a) be completed daily or at each inspection visit by
procedures conform to ASME Code Sections IX and XI. the Inspector.
2-3.2.6 He shall verify that welders and welding (b) be available at the location of the inspection. For
operators are properly qualified to use the required field sites, the diary must be available for the duration
procedures. of the work.
(c) be maintained for a minimum of 5 yr from the
2-3.2.7 He shall verify that material and replace-
date of the entry.
ment parts comply with the requirements of ASME Code
Section XI. (d) be available for surveys, reviews, audits, and
investigations.
2-3.2.8 He shall verify that heat treatments
required by ASME Code Section XI for repairs and 2-3.3 Performance of Inspector’s Duties
replacements have been performed and are properly
The audit performed in conformance with 2-2.2.6 and
documented.
documented in accordance with 2-2.2.7 shall provide
2-3.2.9 He shall verify that the responsible repre- evidence of the satisfactory performance of the duties
sentative of the Owner has signed the required NIS-1 of 2-3.2 by the Inspector.

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Part 3
Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies,
Nuclear Inspectors (Concrete),
and Nuclear Inspector Supervisors (Concrete)
(Applicable to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code)

3-0 SCOPE has government recognition to perform inspection and


design reviews for boilers and pressure vessels.
Part 3 is for use with Section III, Division 2, of the
ASME Code,1 including applicable Addenda and Code 3-1.1.2 The jurisdiction described in 3-1.1.1(a) may
Cases. Division 2 has been prepared and is maintained designate one or more organizations to act on its behalf
jointly by the American Concrete Institute and the to enforce its regulations. The organization shall
American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (a) provide evidence establishing that such delegation
of authority is duly authorized by the laws of the
jurisdiction
3-1 THE AUTHORIZED INSPECTION AGENCY (b) describe how the ASME Code is accepted by the
(16) 3-1.1 Qualifications jurisdiction
(c) describe how the Code is enforced by the
An Authorized Inspection Agency is an organization organization
meeting the criteria of this Standard that is accredited
3-1.1.3 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be
by the Society pursuant to the provisions set forth in
accredited by the Society pursuant to the provisions
Part 4 to provide Authorized Inspection Agency services
set forth in Part 4. The Authorized Inspection Agency
within a jurisdiction.2 Such agencies shall meet the crite-
services provided by their Inspectors and Inspector
ria of Section III, Division 2, of the ASME Code and of
Supervisors shall also be subject to audit by ASME for
the National Board Rules for Commissioned Inspectors.3
compliance with this Standard during shop or site
3-1.1.1 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be reviews of organizations for which they provide
one of the following: Authorized Nuclear Inspection (Concrete).
(a) a jurisdiction2 that has adopted and does adminis- 3-1.1.4 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
ter Section III, Division 2, of the ASME Code as a legal provide authorized inspection services within such
requirement and is qualified to be represented on the states or provinces by Inspectors and Inspector
ASME Code Conference Committee. Supervisors who meet the qualifications of the
(b) an insurance company that has been licensed or Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) and of the
registered by the appropriate authority of a state of the Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor (Concrete) as
United States of America, or of a province of Canada, defined herein.
to write boiler and pressure vessel insurance in such 3-1.1.5 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
state or province. The insurance company shall show have no commercial interest in, or shall be independent
its capability to provide boiler and pressure vessel insur- of any part of an organization having direct commercial
ance coverage by being actively engaged in writing such interest in, the products to be inspected. The staff shall be
insurance in one or more of the states or provinces where free from any commercial, financial, and other pressures
so licensed or registered. that might influence their judgment or the results of
(c) a company in the business of providing “third their work.
party” inspection services within a jurisdiction,2 which
3-1.1.6 Authorized Inspection Agencies described
1 in 3-1.1.1(b) and (c) shall have liability insurance and
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
2 shall
Considered to be enforcement authority per Section III,
Subsection NCA, NCA-9000, of the ASME Code, as appropriate. (a) be able to demonstrate that they have adequate
3
The National Board refers to The National Board of Boiler and arrangements (e.g., insurance or reserves) to cover the
Pressure Vessel Inspectors. liabilities

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(b) evaluate their finances and sources of income and of any agreement covering inspections required by the
shall be able to demonstrate that initially, and on an ASME Code, in accordance with the program. The pro-
annual basis, commercial, financial, or other pressures gram shall provide for indoctrination and training of
do not compromise their impartiality personnel performing such activities, as necessary, to
(c) retain documentary evidence that they have ensure that suitable proficiency is achieved and
reviewed their activities on an annual basis to ensure maintained.
that the requirements of (a) and (b) have been met (b) provide instructions in writing to Authorized
(d) declare by signature in the Quality Assurance Nuclear Inspectors (Concrete) and their Supervisors,
Manual’s Statement of Policy that the requirements of specifying their respective duties and responsibilities.
(a) and (b) will be met (c) provide instructions in writing to Authorized
(e) submit the documentary evidence as part of their Nuclear Inspectors (Concrete) requiring them to imme-
application for the ASME Certificate of Accreditation diately contact their Supervisor whenever the Inspector
is unable to readily resolve any question concerning
(16) 3-1.2 Duties
ASME Code compliance, manufacturing procedure, or
An Authorized Inspection Agency4 shall perform the quality assurance provision or its implementation.
duties specified in 3-1.2.1 through 3-1.2.11. Instructions should be included as a reminder to the
3-1.2.1 Provide Supervisors and Inspectors to par- Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) that he has the
ticipate in the ASME surveys of Certificate Holders for authority and duty to refuse to sign any Data Reports
which they provide Authorized Nuclear Inspection. involving nonconformance with the ASME Code.
Ensure the Inspector ’s diary is made available for (d) conduct annual planned audits of activities per-
ASME surveys and investigations. The purpose of the formed by Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisors
diary is to provide a record of the Inspector’s activities (Concrete) to verify compliance with the provisions of
and to support the continuity of inspections. Part 3 and ASME Code Section III, Division 2. The audit
shall be performed by appropriately trained personnel
3-1.2.2 Provide qualified Authorized Nuclear
in accordance with a written procedure or checklist.
Inspectors (Concrete) to monitor construction,5 in accor-
Audit results shall be documented and reviewed by
dance with ASME Code Section III, Division 2.
management. Follow-up action, including reaudit of
3-1.2.3 Maintain qualified Supervisors to monitor deficient areas, shall be taken where indicated to ensure
the performance of the Authorized Nuclear Inspectors that necessary corrective action is completed.
(Concrete) and to audit the activities at nuclear shops (e) establish and implement a written policy to ensure
and field sites for which inspection agreements have levels of inspection activity commensurate with the
been made, in accordance with the requirements of scope of the AIA’s Certificate of Accreditation.
3-2.2.6.
3-1.2.6 Provide certification for each Authorized
3-1.2.4 Give written notice to all Inspectors of the
Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) and Supervisor to be per-
name, office address, email address, office phone, and
forming work under the provisions of ASME Code
mobile phone of their respective Supervisors annually
Section III, Division 2, to ensure that the Inspectors and
or whenever there is a change in the above contact
Supervisors meet the required experience and training
information.
requirements of Part 3. Certification and documentation
3-1.2.5 Assure proper execution of responsibilities. of qualifications shall be retained by the employer and
In particular, the Agency shall shall be made available for review by the jurisdictional
(a) establish and implement an internal program Authorities and the ASME Survey Team upon request.
which shall provide assurance that those of its employ-
ees holding the positions of Supervisor and Authorized 3-1.2.7 Submit to the National Board an applica-
Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) perform work in accor- tion for a “C” endorsement for the Authorized Nuclear
dance with the requirements of Part 3. This program Inspector (Concrete) applicant, certifying that he has
shall be documented by written policies, procedures, or the required experience and training and that qualified
instructions and shall be carried out throughout the term supervision will be provided to ensure that the
Authorized Nuclear Inspector satisfactorily fulfills his
4
Wherever used in Part 3, the term Agency or employer refers to functions.
the Authorized Inspection Agency, the term Supervisor refers to an
Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor (Concrete), and the term 3-1.2.8 Submit to the National Board an applica-
Inspector refers to an Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete). tion for an “NS” endorsement for the Authorized
5
Construction, as used in Division 2, includes all those operations Nuclear Inspector Supervisor Concrete applicant, certi-
required to build the component and its parts in accordance with
the Design Drawings and Construction Specifications that have fying that the Supervisor has the required experience
been prepared by the Designer. and training.

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3-1.2.9 Verify to the National Board that the audits (e) Records. The Program shall describe the process
required by 3-2.2.6 have been carried out. for records management. The description shall include
measures to ensure that the records are controlled and
3-1.2.10 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment
maintained in a manner that prevents damage, deterio-
Department when entering into an agreement or when-
ration, and loss. The AIA’s records necessary to verify
ever an existing agreement is terminated with an ASME
compliance with this QAI-1 Standard, except for person-
Certificate Holder or Owner.
nel qualification records, shall be maintained
In addition, the enforcement authority shall be notified
for a minimum of 5 yr. The personnel qualification rec-
whenever an agreement with an Owner is written or an
ords, necessary to verify compliance with this
Owner’s agreement is terminated.
QAI-1 Standard, shall be maintained while the individ-
(16) 3-1.2.11 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment ual is providing AIA services and for a minimum of 5 yr
department immediately when a change in qualification after the individual ceases to provide AIA services.
status as indicated in 3-1.1.1, or on the Certificate of (f) Corrective Actions. The Program shall describe the
Accreditation, occurs. process for the identification, review, and correction of a
condition or activity that is not conducted in accordance
3-1.3 AIA Quality Program with the Program. Corrective action shall be taken to
3-1.3.1 A documented Quality Program shall be preclude the repetition of nonconforming conditions.
established, implemented, and maintained by the The description of the process shall include how correc-
Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) in accordance with tive action is implemented, documented, and reported
the requirements of this Standard. The AIA Quality to management.
Program shall identify the activities to which it applies (g) Audits. The Program shall describe the audit pro-
and shall provide for the planning, control, and accom- cess and shall include the following as a minimum:
plishment of activities affecting the quality of the (1) A comprehensive system of planned and peri-
Authorized Inspection Agency’s implementation of odic audits shall be carried out to verify compliance
duties and activities as described in applicable parts of with applicable requirements of the QAI-1 Standard and
this Standard. the AIA Quality Program and to determine its effective-
ness. The audits shall be performed in accordance with
3-1.3.2 The AIA Quality Program shall, at a mini-
written procedures or checklists by appropriately
mum, include the following parts:
trained personnel not having direct responsibility in the
(a) Organization. The Program shall document the
areas being audited.
organizational structure, functional responsibilities, lev-
els of authority, and lines of responsibility for activities (2) Audit results shall be documented and the
required for compliance with requirements of this results shall be reviewed by management responsible
Standard. for the area audited. Follow-up action including reaudit
(b) Program Description. The Program shall describe of deficient areas shall be taken where indicated.
the scope of the activities for which the Program applies. (3) At least annually, the overall adequacy and
The scope shall include all requirements of the QAI-1 effectiveness of the implementation of the AIA Quality
Standard for which the Authorized Inspection Agency Program shall be reviewed and the results of the review
is accredited by the Society (or for which the applicant documented and reported to management.
is seeking Society accreditation as an Accredited
Authorized Inspection Agency). The Program shall doc-
ument the policies and describe the process for the
3-2 THE AUTHORIZED NUCLEAR INSPECTOR
implementation of the requirements of the QAI-1
SUPERVISOR (CONCRETE)
Standard. 3-2.1 Qualifications (16)
(c) Document Control. The Program shall describe the
process for the review and revision of the Program. All The Supervisor shall be selected and designated as
changes to the Program shall be controlled and the pro- such by his employer. The Supervisor shall have the
cess for review and approval of changes shall be speci- additional qualifications specified in 3-2.1.1 through
fied. All changes to the Program require prior review 3-2.1.4.
and approval by the Society before implementation as 3-2.1.1 A candidate for designation as an
required by 4-4(d). Further, the Program shall be con- Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor (Concrete)
trolled to ensure appropriate distribution to and use at (NSc) shall have qualified as an Authorized Nuclear
the location(s) where the prescribed activity is Inspector Supervisor in accordance with 1-2.1.
performed.
(d) Training. The Program shall describe the process 3-2.1.2 The Supervisor shall have qualified as an
for the indoctrination and training of personnel respon- Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) and subse-
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construction, or inspection of concrete structures similar once a year at each location. At the time of this audit,
to those used in nuclear facilities. the Supervisor shall be accompanied by the Authorized
Nuclear Inspector (Concrete). The audit shall include,
3-2.1.3 The Supervisor shall have a working
but not be limited to, a check that the duties listed under
knowledge of the requirements of ASME BPV Code
3-3.2 are being performed and a check of the following:
Section III, Division 2; applicable Code Cases; and refer-
(a) one item under construction or installation phase
ence codes and standards.
to ensure implementation of the Quality Assurance
3-2.1.4 The Supervisor shall receive health physics Program.
training prior to any exposure to occupational related (b) travelers or process sheets6 accompanying items
ionizing radiation. in the construction or installation phase to ensure that
these accurately represent and properly attest to the
(16) 3-2.2 Duties
work, examinations, tests, and inspections performed.
The Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor Particular attention should be given to provision for
(Concrete) shall perform the duties specified in 3-2.2.1 hold points and sign-off.
through 3-2.2.11. (c) the Certificate Holder ’s Quality Assurance
3-2.2.1 Maintain a record of Certificate Holders’ Manual to ensure that changes, if any, in the Quality
shop and field sites where Inspectors assigned to him Assurance Program have been accepted and have been
by his Authorized Inspection Agency for supervision properly incorporated in the Manual.
are performing Code inspection activities. He shall (d) a review of nonconformances to ensure that appro-
record the date of his visits to such locations when priate technical review has been provided and that cor-
related to his assigned supervisory duties. rective measures are adequate and timely.
(e) the Certificate Holder’s record keeping procedure
3-2.2.2 Maintain a record of those Authorized to ensure traceability of any phase of work or nonde-
Nuclear Inspectors (Concrete) assigned to him and a structive examination results as required by the ASME
description of their assignments. Code.
3-2.2.3 Assist in maintaining the competency of (f) the Authorized Nuclear Inspector’s (Concrete) rec-
the Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) through ords or diary of inspection phases performed on identi-
periodic arrangement of panel discussions of work- fied items, with dates of the inspection activities noted.
related topics, written communications of unique prob-
3-2.2.7 The audit required in 3-2.2.6 shall be
lems and their solution, informal question and answer
recorded in writing and shall contain a written comment
discussion sessions, and other means he deems suitable.
regarding the status of each item audited.
The Supervisor shall maintain documentation of such
activities. 3-2.2.8 The Supervisor shall ensure that the activi-
3-2.2.4 The Supervisor shall be responsible for ties covered by the Certificate Holder ’s Quality
the technical performance of the Authorized Nuclear Assurance Manual which are performed at locations not
Inspector(s) (Concrete) assigned to him. He shall report assigned to an Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete)
in writing to his management significant nonconforming are audited at least twice a year. Corporate offices would
activities that are reported to him or that he observed be an example of such a location. Engineering and pro-
on the part of the Inspector, following full investigation curement could be examples of the types of activities
of such activities. performed at such a location. If no activities have been
performed at these locations during the period from the
3-2.2.5 Either establish, or have available to him, last audit, then only one audit per year is required.
a system to record and limit his radiation exposure and
that of the Inspectors assigned to him. This system shall 3-2.2.9 The Supervisor shall ensure that portions
be under the regulation of his employer, who shall main- of the N Type Certificate Holder’s Quality Assurance
tain an acceptable system of control. Program that involve supply or manufacture and supply
of materials are audited at least once each year.
3-2.2.6 Audit the performance of each Authorized
Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) under his supervision on 3-2.2.10 The Supervisor shall investigate and
a planned and periodic basis. Each Authorized Nuclear report in writing to his management significant observed
Inspector (Concrete) actively engaged in Section III, or reported ASME Code or Quality Assurance Program
Division 2, inspection shall be audited at least twice a nonconformance by the Certificate Holder engaged in
year at the shop or site to which he is assigned. When ASME Code Section III, Division 2, activities.
an Inspector is assigned to more than one shop or site
at which Code activities are being performed, or have 6
Travelers or process sheets — a listing of sequential operations
been performed since the previous audit, the Authorized which include, but need not be limited to, inspections, testing,
Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) shall be audited at least examinations, and fabrication activities.

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(16) 3-2.2.11 The Supervisor shall record, in the 3-3.2 Duties


Inspector Diary (see 3-3.2.19), dates of all audits and The Authorized Nuclear Inspector’s (Concrete) duties
visits to shop and field locations when related to super- are covered in the ASME Code and include, but are not
visory duties. limited to, 3-3.2.1 through 3-3.2.19.
3-3.2.1 He shall periodically verify that the fabrica- (16)
3-3 THE AUTHORIZED NUCLEAR INSPECTOR tor or constructor has the required Certificate of
(CONCRETE) Authorization to construct the items for which he has
contract responsibility.
(16) 3-3.1 Qualifications
NOTE: The fact that the constructor or fabricator has the required
The Inspector shall be selected and designated as such Code Symbol Stamp is not sufficient evidence to assume that he
by his employer. The Inspector shall have the qualifica- has a valid Certificate of Authorization.
tions specified in 3-3.1.1 through 3-3.1.9. The fact that the manufacturer or installer has the required Code
Symbol Stamp for Section III, Division 1, 3, or 5 work may not be
3-3.1.1 The Inspector shall have passed an exami- sufficient evidence to assume that he has a valid Certificate of
nation developed and administered by the National Authorization, as required in the ASME Code Section III,
Board and received a “C” endorsement from the Division 2.
National Board. The examination shall encompass suffi-
3-3.2.2 He shall monitor the Quality Assurance
cient means to determine the candidate’s knowledge of,
Program and verify conformance to ASME Code
and familiarity with, the ASME BPV Code. The examina-
requirements. He shall ensure that changes to the QA
tion shall be graded by the National Board and results
Program, when made, meet Code requirements and are
provided to the Authorized Inspection Agency
properly approved and that the Quality Assurance
concerned.
Manual is appropriately updated to reflect such changes.
3-3.1.2 A candidate for designation as an
3-3.2.3 He shall verify that the Certificate Holder
Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete) shall have
has the necessary ASME Code books, Addenda, Code
qualified as an Authorized Nuclear Inspector and shall
Cases, and reference codes and standards for the work
have been engaged for at least 1 yr in design, construc-
he inspects.
tion, or inspection of concrete structures similar to those
used on nuclear facilities or satisfactorily completed an 3-3.2.4 He shall verify that the Design
accelerated course in the fundamentals of concrete con- Specification, Design Drawings, Design Report, and
struction and inspection. Construction Specification, where required, are avail-
able, properly certified by Registered Professional
3-3.1.3 The Inspector shall have working knowl- Engineers in accordance with ASME Code requirements,
edge of ASME BPV Code Section III, Division 2; applica-
and that they are on file.
ble Code Cases; and reference codes and standards.
3-3.2.5 He shall verify that material complies with
3-3.1.4 The Inspector shall have knowledge of the applicable ASME Code Section III, Division 2,
quality assurance requirements and shop and field pro- requirements and the Construction Specification.
cedures and processes.
3-3.2.6 When it is necessary to cut or separate
3-3.1.5 The Inspector shall have the knowledge metallic material into two or more pieces, he shall verify
and ability to evaluate and monitor shop and field proce- that the Certificate Holder ’s controls are such that
dures and performance. responsible personnel transfer the identification in order
3-3.1.6 The Inspector shall have demonstrated the to maintain traceability of the material.
ability to perform shop and field nuclear inspections to 3-3.2.7 He shall verify that the Certificate Holder’s
the satisfaction of the Authorized Inspection Agency personnel are examining cut edges of metallic materials
employing the Inspector. as required by ASME Code Section III, Division 2.
3-3.1.7 The Inspector shall have a satisfactory 3-3.2.8 He shall verify that Welding Procedure
degree of experience, knowledge, and background for Specifications and all concrete batching, mixing, and
the inspection of nuclear items, consistent with the com- placing procedures conform to ASME Code Section III,
plexity of the assignment. Division 2, and the Construction Specification.
3-3.1.8 The Inspector shall have knowledge of the 3-3.2.9 He shall verify that welders and welding
requirements for lifetime and nonpermanent records. operators are properly qualified and that their qualifica-
tion permits them to use the required procedures.
3-3.1.9 The Inspector shall receive health physics
training prior to any exposure to occupational related 3-3.2.10 If either concrete repairs or welding
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he shall verify that only properly qualified procedures, 3-3.2.18 He shall review and certify that the docu-
personnel, and materials are used. mentation of the Construction Report is in compliance
with the ASME Code.
3-3.2.11 He shall verify that required heat treat-
ments of metallic materials have been performed and 3-3.2.19 He shall keep an electronic or bound (not (16)
are properly documented. looseleaf) record or diary of his activities and inspections
made, detailing corrections and any other pertinent data
3-3.2.12 He shall verify that required examinations that will be useful to him and his employer. Information
and tests conform to qualified procedures specified in to be recorded shall include a description of the item
the Construction Specifications, that the results are docu- inspected, the type of observations made, the require-
mented, and that they are performed by qualified per- ments that prompted the activity, and the results of
sonnel. He shall also verify that compression, tension, inspection.
weighing, and measuring equipment is calibrated.
3-3.2.19.1 Electronic diaries shall, as a minimum
3-3.2.13 He shall visually verify that reinforcing (a) be under the complete administrative control of
bar placement and size are as specified in the Design the AIA
Drawings and the Construction Specification prior to (b) be secured in such a way as to prevent revisions,
concrete placement. He shall visually verify that tendon additions, or deletions to data that have been previously
conduits, where used, are properly sized, placed, and logged in the diary
protected prior to, and during, concrete placement as
(c) provide a means for other inspectors and supervi-
specified in the Design Drawings and the Construction
sors, within the Authorized Inspection Agency, to
Specification.
review diary entries, as required
3-3.2.14 He shall visually verify form cleanliness (d) include a provision for signatures by a PIN or
prior to concrete placement, the application of specified other secure means
procedures during placement, and proper concrete cur-
3-3.2.19.2 All diaries, whether electronic or
ing prior to, and after, removal of forms as specified in
bound, shall as a minimum
the Construction Specification.
(a) be completed daily or at each inspection visit by
3-3.2.15 He shall perform the required inspections the Inspector.
of inaccessible areas and witnessing of vacuum box test- (b) be available at the location of the inspection. For
ing when required by the Code, prior to closure for field sites, the diary must be available for the duration
hydrostatic or pneumatic tests. He shall witness all of the work.
hydrostatic or pneumatic tests. (c) be maintained for a minimum of 5 yr from the
date of the entry.
3-3.2.16 He shall verify that the responsible repre-
(d) be available for surveys, reviews, audits, and
sentative of the Certificate Holder signs the required
investigations.
Data Report and verifies it as correct before he signs it.
3-3.2.17 Prior to stamping he shall verify to the 3-3.3 Performance of Inspector’s Duties
best of his knowledge and belief that the item is in The audit performed in conformance with 3-2.2.6 and
compliance with the ASME Code. He shall also verify documented in accordance with 3-2.2.7 shall provide
that the nameplate stamping is correct and that the evidence of the satisfactory performance of the duties
nameplate has been properly attached. of 3-3.2 by the Inspector.

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Part 4
Accreditation of Authorized Inspection Agencies

(16) 4-0 SCOPE On initial application, the requirements of 1-1.1, 2-1.1,


3-1.1, and 5-1.1 to employ Inspectors and Supervisors
Part 4 is for use with Sections I; III, Division 1; III,
may be demonstrated by having been issued Provisional
Division 2; III, Division 3; III, Division 5; IV; VIII,
Acceptance from the National Board of Boiler and
Division 1; VIII, Division 2; VIII, Division 3; X; XI; and
Pressure Vessel Inspectors in accordance with its estab-
XII of the ASME Code,1 including applicable Addenda
lished criteria (NB-360) and evidence issued from the
and Code Cases.
National Board that the Applicant’s employees to whom
commissions and applicable endorsements will be
4-1 REQUIRED ACCREDITATION TO PROVIDE issued meet the National Board Rules for Commissioned
AUTHORIZED INSPECTION SERVICES Inspectors. The organization will not be permitted to
Authorized Inspection Agencies shall be accredited perform inspections until Inspectors have received their
by the Society2 pursuant to the provisions set forth in National Board Commissions and applicable endorse-
this Part. ments and the organization has been issued an AIA
Certificate of Accreditation from ASME.

4-2 SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION


4-4 EVALUATION FOR AN AIA CERTIFICATE OF
(a) The AIA Certificate of Accreditation shall identify
ACCREDITATION
the office locations from which inspection service is con-
trolled and state the scope of inspections by Code (a) Applicants for a new or renewed AIA Certificate of
Sections, and Divisions thereof, for which accreditation Accreditation require a survey at a location or locations
is granted. Certificates of Accreditation are issued for a where the applicant’s QAI-1 and Boiler and Pressure
3-yr period. The Society may, at its discretion, limit or Vessel Code inspection activities are controlled. The
extend the scope of inspection and remove or add applicant shall specify the location(s) at which the QAI-1
locations. Quality Program will be fully demonstrated. It is not
(b) The Society may, at any time, make regulations necessary to survey each office or location covered by
concerning the issuance and use of Certificates as it the same program provided documentation is made
deems appropriate, and all regulations shall become available to the survey team. The purpose of the survey
binding upon the holders of Certificates. is to evaluate the applicant’s QAI-1 Quality Program
including its implementation.
(16) 4-3 APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION (b) The extent of the survey will be determined by
the Society based on a review of the applicant’s intended
An organization desiring an AIA Certificate of scope of Code activities described in the application. The
Accreditation shall apply to the Society upon forms acceptance by the Society of the QAI-1 Quality Program
issued by the Society describing the basis for qualifica- shall not be interpreted to mean endorsement of the
tion as an Authorized Inspection Agency and the scope items or activities inspected by the Authorized
of activities to be accredited. Upon completion of a suc- Inspection Agency personnel.
cessful survey3 and favorable action by the Society, the (c) As part of the accreditation process for a new or
applicant shall be granted an AIA Certificate of renewed AIA Certificate of Accreditation, the
Accreditation. Authorized Inspection Agency shall provide a con-
trolled copy of the AIA Quality Program, required to
1
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. be maintained in accordance with 1-1.3, 2-1.3, 3-1.3, and
2
Society refers to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 5-1.3, to the Society.
3
As used in this Standard, survey is defined as a planned and
documented activity performed to determine by investigation,
(d) All changes to the AIA Quality Program shall be
examination, or evaluation of objective evidence the adequacy of controlled. Copies of changes to the AIA Quality
compliance with established procedures, instructions, drawings, Program shall be provided to the Society for review and
and other applicable documents, and the effectiveness of imple- acceptance before implementation.
mentation. A survey should not be confused with surveillance or
inspection activities performed for the sole purpose of process (e) An Authorized Inspection Agency shall provide
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records necessary to assess conformance with this and regulations of this Standard, and that the Certificate
Standard. will be promptly returned to the Society upon demand,
(f) The required AIA Certificate of Accreditation to or when the Certificate of Accreditation holder discon-
provide inspection services shall be granted only after tinues the scope of inspection activities covered by the
the adequacy of this content and implementation of the Certificate. The holder of a Certificate of Accreditation
QAI-1 Quality Program has been satisfactorily demon- shall not permit any other party to use its Certificate.
strated to an ASME survey team and the survey results The Society reserves the absolute right to cancel or refuse
acted upon by the Society. to renew such accreditation, returning fees paid for the
(g) The AIA will be subject to a planned audit pro- prorated unexpired term.
gram by the Society.
4-6 RENEWAL OF ACCREDITATION
4-5 ISSUANCE OF ACCREDITATION
Not later than 6 months prior to the date of expiration
Each Certificate of Accreditation holder shall have of the Certificate, the AIA Certificate of Accreditation
agreed that each Certificate is at all times the property holder desiring renewal shall apply for renewal of such
of the Society, that it will be used according to the rules accreditation and the reissuance of the Certificate.

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Part 5
Qualifications and Duties for Authorized Inspection Agencies
and Inspector Supervisors, and Qualifications for Inspectors
of Boilers and Pressure Vessels

5-0 SCOPE 5-1.1.2 The jurisdiction described in 5-1.1.1(a) may


designate one or more organizations to act on its behalf
Part 5 is for use with Sections I; IV; VIII, Division 1;
to enforce its regulations. The organization shall
VIII, Division 2; VIII, Division 3; X; and XII of the ASME
(a) provide evidence establishing that such delegation
Code,1 including applicable Addenda and Code Cases.
of authority is duly authorized by the laws of the
jurisdiction
5-1 THE AUTHORIZED INSPECTION AGENCY (b) describe how the ASME Code is accepted by the
jurisdiction
5-1.1 Qualifications (c) describe how the Code is enforced by the
An Authorized Inspection Agency is an organization organization
meeting the criteria of this Standard that is accredited
by the Society pursuant to the provisions set forth in 5-1.1.3 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be
Part 4 to provide Authorized Inspection Agency services accredited by the Society pursuant to the provisions
within a jurisdiction.2 Such agencies employ Authorized set forth in Part 4. The Authorized Inspection Agency
Inspectors and Inspector Supervisors that meet the crite- services provided by their Inspectors and Inspector
ria of this Standard and of the National Board Rules for Supervisors shall also be subject to audit by ASME for
Commissioned Inspectors.3 compliance with this Standard during shop or site
reviews of organizations for which they provide
5-1.1.1 An Authorized Inspection Agency shall be Authorized Inspection.
one of the following:
(a) a jurisdiction that accepts and does administer one 5-1.1.4 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
or more construction code sections4 of the ASME Boiler provide authorized inspection services by Inspectors
and Pressure Vessel Code as a means to satisfy legal or and Inspector Supervisors who meet the qualifications
regulatory requirements. of the Inspector5 and of the Inspector Supervisor as
(b) an insurance company that has been licensed or defined herein.
registered by the appropriate authority of a state of the 5-1.1.5 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
United States of America, or of a province of Canada, demonstrate the capability to perform the duties
to write boiler and pressure vessel insurance in such required by Part 5. If part of a larger organization, the
state or province. The insurance company shall show its relationship with other parts of the larger organization
willingness and capability to provide boiler and pressure shall be clearly defined.
vessel insurance coverage by being actively engaged in
writing such insurance in one or more of the states or 5-1.1.6 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
provinces where so licensed or registered. have the resources necessary to comply with the require-
(c) a company in the business of providing “third ments of Part 5.
party” inspection services within a jurisdiction,2 which
has government recognition to perform inspection and 5-1.1.7 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall
design reviews for boilers and pressure vessels. have no commercial interest in, or shall be independent
of any part of an organization having direct commercial
interest in, the products to be inspected. The staff shall be
1
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. free from any commercial, financial, and other pressures
2
The term jurisdiction refers to a governmental entity that has that might influence their judgment or the results of
responsibility for regulation of boilers and pressure vessels.
3 their work.
The National Board refers to The National Board of Boiler and
Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
4
Construction code sections are ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel
5
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5-1.1.8 The Authorized Inspection Agency shall perform work in accordance with the requirements of
have adequate arrangements to safeguard the confiden- Part 5. This program shall be documented by written
tiality of information obtained during inspection policies, procedures, or instructions and shall be carried
activities. out throughout the term of any agreement covering
inspections required by the ASME Code, in accordance
(16) 5-1.1.9 Authorized Inspection Agencies described
with the program. The program shall provide for indoc-
in 5-1.1.1(b) and (c) shall have liability insurance and
trination and training of personnel performing such
shall
activities, as necessary, to ensure that suitable profi-
(a) be able to demonstrate that they have adequate
ciency is achieved and maintained.
arrangements (e.g., insurance or reserves) to cover the
(b) provide instructions in writing to Inspectors and
liabilities
their Supervisors, specifying their respective duties and
(b) evaluate their finances and sources of income and
responsibilities.
shall be able to demonstrate that initially, and on an
(c) provide instructions in writing to Inspectors
annual basis, commercial, financial, or other pressures
requiring them to immediately contact their Supervisor
do not compromise their impartiality
whenever the Inspector is unable to readily resolve any
(c) retain documentary evidence that they have
question concerning ASME Code compliance, manufac-
reviewed their activities on an annual basis to ensure
turing procedure, or quality control provision or its
that the requirements of (a) and (b) have been met
implementation. Instructions should be included as a
(d) declare by signature in the Quality Assurance
reminder to the Inspector that he has the authority and
Manual’s Statement of Policy that the requirements of
the duty to refuse to sign any Data Reports involving
(a) and (b) will be met
nonconformance with the ASME Code.
(e) submit the documentary evidence as part of their
(d) conduct annual planned audits of activities per-
application for the ASME Certificate of Accreditation
formed by Supervisors to verify compliance with the
(16) 5-1.2 Duties provisions of Part 5 and the ASME Code. The audit shall
An Authorized Inspection Agency6 shall perform the be performed by appropriately trained personnel, in
duties specified in 5-1.2.1 through 5-1.2.12. accordance with a written procedure or checklist. Audit
results shall be documented and reviewed by manage-
5-1.2.1 Provide Supervisors and/or Inspectors to ment. Follow-up action, including reaudit of deficient
participate in the ASME reviews of Certificate Holders areas, shall be taken where indicated to ensure that nec-
for which they provide Authorized Inspection. essary corrective action is completed.
Ensure the Inspector ’s diary is made available for
ASME reviews and investigations. The purpose of the 5-1.2.6 Provide certification for each Inspector and
diary is to provide a record of the Inspector’s activities Supervisor to be performing work under the provisions
and to support the continuity of inspections. of the ASME Code, to ensure that the Inspectors and
Supervisors meet the required experience and training
5-1.2.2 Provide qualified Inspectors to monitor requirements of Part 5. Certification and documentation
construction in accordance with the ASME Code. of qualifications shall be retained by the employer and
5-1.2.3 Employ qualified Supervisors7 to monitor shall be made available for review by the jurisdictional
the performance of the Inspectors and to audit the activi- Authorities and the ASME upon request.
ties at shops and field sites for which inspection
5-1.2.7 Submit to the National Board an applica-
agreements have been made, in accordance with the
tion for an “A” endorsement for the Inspector applicant,
requirements of 5-2.2.5.
certifying that he has the required experience and train-
5-1.2.4 Give written notice to all Inspectors of the ing and that qualified supervision will be provided to
name, office address, email address, office phone, and ensure that the Inspector satisfactorily fulfills his
mobile phone of their respective Supervisors annually functions.
or whenever there is a change in the above contact
information. 5-1.2.8 Submit to the National Board an applica-
tion for a “B” endorsement for the Supervisor applicant,
5-1.2.5 Assure proper execution of responsibilities. certifying that the Supervisor has the required experi-
In particular, the Agency shall ence and training.
(a) establish and implement an internal program
which shall provide assurance that those of its employ- 5-1.2.9 Verify to the National Board that audits
ees holding the positions of Supervisor and Inspector required by 5-2.2.5 have been carried out.

6 5-1.2.10 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment


The term Agency or Employer refers to the accredited Authorized
Inspection Agency. Department when entering into an agreement or when-
7
The term Supervisor refers to an Authorized Inspector ever an existing agreement is terminated with an ASME
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5-1.2.11 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment compliance with this QAI Standard, except for personnel
department immediately when a change in qualification qualification records, shall be maintained for a minimum
status as indicated in 5-1.1.1, or on the Certificate of of 5 yr. The personnel qualification records, necessary
Accreditation, occurs. to verify compliance with this QAI Standard, shall be
maintained while the individual is providing AIA ser-
5-1.2.12 Annually review the Quality Control
vices and for a minimum of 5 yr after the individual
System for each “UM” Certificate of Authorization
ceases to provide AIA services.
Holder for which they have an inspection contract or
(f) Corrective Actions. The Program shall describe the
agreement.
process for the identification, review, and correction of
5-1.3 AIA Quality Program conditions or activities that are not conducted in accor-
dance with the Program. Corrective action shall be taken
5-1.3.1 A documented Quality Program shall be to preclude the repetition of nonconforming conditions.
established, implemented, and maintained by the The description of the process shall include how correc-
Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) in accordance with tive action is implemented, documented, and reported
the requirements of this Standard. The AIA Quality to management.
Program shall identify the activities to which it applies (g) Audits. The Program shall describe the audit pro-
and shall provide for the planning, control, and accom- cess and shall include the following as a minimum:
plishment of activities affecting the quality of the (1) A comprehensive system of planned and peri-
Authorized Inspection Agency’s implementation of odic audits shall be carried out to verify compliance
duties and activities as described in applicable parts of with applicable requirements of the QAI-1 Standard and
this Standard. the AIA Quality Program and to determine its effective-
ness. The audits shall be performed in accordance with
5-1.3.2 The AIA Quality Program shall, as a mini-
written procedures or checklists by appropriately
mum, include the following parts:
trained personnel not having direct responsibility in the
(a) Organization. The Program shall document the
areas being audited.
organizational structure, functional responsibilities, lev-
(2) Audit results shall be documented and the
els of authority, and lines of responsibility for activities
results shall be reviewed by management responsible
required for compliance with requirements of this
for the area audited. Follow-up action including reaudit
Standard.
of deficient areas shall be taken where indicated.
(b) Program Description. The Program shall describe
(3) At least annually, the overall adequacy and
the scope of the activities for which the Program applies.
effectiveness of the implementation of the AIA Quality
The scope shall include all requirements of the QAI-1
Program shall be reviewed and the results of the review
Standard for which the Authorized Inspection Agency
documented and reported to management.
is accredited by the Society (or for which the applicant
is seeking Society accreditation as an Accredited
Authorized Inspection Agency). The Program shall doc- 5-2 THE AUTHORIZED INSPECTOR SUPERVISOR
ument the policies and describe the process for the
implementation of the requirements of the QAI-1 5-2.1 Qualifications (16)
Standard. The Supervisor shall be selected and designated as
(c) Document Control. The Program shall describe the such by his employer. The Supervisor shall have the
process for the review and revision of the Program. All qualifications specified in 5-2.1.1 through 5-2.1.4.
changes to the Program shall be controlled and the pro-
cess for review and approval of changes shall be speci-
5-2.1.1 The Supervisor shall have passed an exami-
nation developed and administered by the National
fied. All changes to the Program require prior review
Board and received a “B” endorsement from the
and acceptance by the Society before implementation as
National Board. The examination shall encompass suffi-
required by 4-4(d). Further, the Program shall be con-
cient means of determination of the candidate’s ability
trolled to ensure appropriate distribution to and use at
to ascertain the validity of the ASME BPV Code require-
the location(s) where the prescribed activity is
ments, including quality control, material, design, over-
performed.
pressure protection, fabrication methods, inspections,
(d) Training. The Program shall describe the process
tests, and certification by stamps and data reports. The
for the indoctrination and training of personnel as
examination shall be graded by the National Board and
required by 5-1.2.5(a).
results provided to the Authorized Inspection Agency
(e) Records. The Program shall describe the process
concerned.
for records management. The description shall include
measures to ensure that the records are controlled and 5-2.1.2 A candidate for designation as an
maintained in a manner that prevents damage, deterio- Authorized Inspector Supervisor shall have qualified as
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been engaged for at least 2 yr in ASME BPV related audited and a brief description of the objective evidence
work, such as inspection under the provisions of the reviewed to evaluate the duty being audited.
ASME BPV Code, or shall have been engaged for at least
5-2.2.7 Confirm the corrective action has been
2 yr in the administration of shop inspection service
verified by the Inspector to ensure compliance with the
under the ASME BPV Code.
ASME Code requirements at the shops and sites which
5-2.1.3 The Supervisor shall have knowledge of have been assigned to the Supervisor.
ASME BPV Code shop review procedures, which shall
5-2.2.8 The Supervisor shall record, in the (16)
include service with at least three shop review teams as
Inspector Diary (see 5-3.3), dates of all audits and visits
a member or as an observer.
to shop and field locations when related to supervisory
5-2.1.4 The Supervisor shall have a working duties.
knowledge of the requirements of applicable ASME BPV
Code Sections, applicable Code Cases, and reference
5-3 THE AUTHORIZED INSPECTOR
codes and standards.
5-3.1 Qualifications (16)
(16) 5-2.2 Duties
The Inspector shall be selected and designated as such
The Supervisor shall perform the duties specified in by his employer. The Inspector shall have the qualifica-
5-2.2.1 through 5-2.2.8. tions specified in 5-3.1.1 through 5-3.1.8.
5-2.2.1 Maintain a record of Certificate Holders’ 5-3.1.1 The Inspector shall have passed an exami-
shop and field sites where Inspectors assigned to him nation developed and administered by the National
by his Agency for supervision are performing Code Board and received an “A” endorsement from the
inspection activities. He shall record the date of his visits National Board. The examination shall encompass suffi-
to such locations when related to his assigned supervi- cient means to determine the candidate’s knowledge of,
sory duties. and familiarity with, the ASME BPV Code. The examina-
5-2.2.2 Maintain a record of those Inspectors tion shall be graded by the National Board and results
assigned and a description of their assignments. provided to the Authorized Inspection Agency con-
cerned. The Inspector shall have been engaged for at
5-2.2.3 Assist in maintaining the competency of least 80 hr of diversified experience as an Inspector
the Inspector to an acceptable level through periodic Trainee under the direct supervision of an Authorized
arrangement of panel discussions of work-related topics, Inspector.
written communications of unique problems and their
solution, informal question and answer discussion ses- 5-3.1.2 The Inspector shall comply with the
sions, and other means he deems suitable. The National Board Rules for Inservice and New
Supervisor shall maintain documentation of such Construction Commissioned Inspectors (NB-263) and
activities. hold a valid Certificate of Competency (where required).

5-2.2.4 The Supervisor shall be responsible for the 5-3.1.3 The Inspector shall have a working knowl-
technical performance of the Inspector(s) assigned to edge of applicable ASME BPV Code Sections, applicable
him. He shall report in writing to his management signif- Code Cases, and reference codes and standards.
icant nonconforming activities that are reported to him 5-3.1.4 The Inspector shall have knowledge of
or that he observed on the part of the Inspector, follow- quality assurance requirements and shop and field pro-
ing full investigation of such activities. cedures and processes.
5-2.2.5 Audit the performance of each Inspector 5-3.1.5 The Inspector shall have the knowledge
as specified below: and ability to evaluate and monitor shop and field proce-
(a) The audit shall be performed at least once each dures and performance.
year at approximately 12-month intervals and at addi-
tional times as requested by the Inspector. 5-3.1.6 The Inspector shall have demonstrated the
ability to perform shop and field inspections to the satis-
(b) The audit shall take place at a shop or field site
faction of the Authorized Inspection Agency employing
location.
the Inspector.
(c) The Supervisor shall be accompanied by the
Inspector during the audit. 5-3.1.7 The Inspector shall have a satisfactory
(d) An audit is not required if the Inspector has not degree of experience, knowledge, and background for
been engaged in ASME Code inspection activity within the inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, consistent
the time specified in (a). with the complexity of the assignment.
5-2.2.6 The audit required by 5-2.2.5 shall be 5-3.1.8 The Inspector shall have knowledge of the
recorded in writing, containing the status of each item requirements for quality assurance records.

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5-3.2 Performance of Inspector’s Duties (b) be secured in such a way as to prevent revisions,
The audit performed in conformance with 5-2.2.5 and additions, or deletions to data that have been previously
documented in accordance with 5-2.2.6 shall provide logged in the diary
evidence of the satisfactory performance of the duties (c) provide a means for other inspectors and supervi-
as specified in the applicable Sections of the ASME Code sors, within the Authorized Inspection Agency, to
and the National Board Rules for Commissioned review diary entries, as required
Inspectors. (d) include a provision for signatures by a PIN or
other secure means
(16) 5-3.3 Inspector Diary
The Inspector shall keep an electronic or bound (not 5-3.3.2 All diaries, whether electronic or bound,
looseleaf) record or diary of his activities and inspections shall as a minimum
made, detailing corrections and any other pertinent data (a) be completed daily or at each inspection visit by
that will be useful to him and his employer. Information the Inspector.
to be recorded shall include a description of the item (b) be available at the location of the inspection. For
inspected, the type of observations made, the require- field sites, the diary must be available for the duration
ments that prompted the activity, and the results of of the work.
inspection. (c) be maintained for a minimum of 5 yr from the
5-3.3.1 Electronic diaries shall, as a minimum date of the entry.
(a) be under the complete administrative control of (d) be available for surveys, reviews, audits, and
the AIA investigations.

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Part 6
Qualifications and Duties for Qualified Inspection
Organizations and Qualifications for Qualified Inspectors

6-0 SCOPE 6-1.2 Duties (16)

Part 6 is for use with Section XII of the ASME Code,1 A Qualified Inspection Organization shall perform the
including applicable Addenda and Code Cases, and duties specified in 6-1.2.1 through 6-1.2.11.
other Section or Sections of the ASME Code when refer- 6-1.2.1 Provide qualified Inspectors to monitor
enced by the respective Code Section. construction and other activities in accordance with the
ASME Code.
6-1 THE QUALIFIED INSPECTION ORGANIZATION 6-1.2.2 Employ Supervisors to monitor and audit
the performance of the Inspectors.
6-1.1 Qualifications
A Qualified Inspection Organization (QIO) is one des- 6-1.2.3 Give written notice to all Inspectors of the
ignated by, or acceptable to a legal authority that has name, office address, email address, office phone, and
adopted one or more Sections of the ASME Boiler and mobile phone of their respective Supervisors annually
Pressure Vessel Code. Such organizations shall meet the or whenever there is a change in the above contact
criteria of this Standard and of the National Board2 Rules information.
for Qualified Inspectors. An ASME accredited 6-1.2.4 Assure proper execution of responsibilities.
Authorized Inspection Agency may also perform as a In particular, the Qualified Inspection Organization shall
Qualified Inspection Organization when meeting the (a) establish and implement an internal program
requirements of this Standard, if so designated and which shall provide assurance that those of its employ-
accepted by the legal authority. ees holding the position of Supervisor and Inspector
6-1.1.1 A Qualified Inspection Organization shall perform work in accordance with the requirements of
be licensed or registered by the legal authority when so Part 6. This program shall be documented by written
required by that legal authority. The Qualified policies, procedures, or instructions and shall be carried
Inspection Organization shall also obtain credentials out throughout the term of any agreement covering
(e.g., Certificate of Competency) when applicable, for inspections required by the ASME Code, in accordance
their Inspectors3 and Supervisors3 from the legal author- with the program. The program shall provide for indoc-
ities that have the responsibility of administering the trination and training of personnel performing such
boiler and pressure vessel laws in the jurisdiction (in activities, as necessary, to ensure that suitable profi-
which the Qualified Inspection Organization is so ciency is achieved and maintained.
licensed or registered) that have adopted and do admin- (b) provide instructions in writing to Inspectors and
ister one or more Sections of the ASME Code. their Supervisors, specifying their respective duties and
responsibilities.
6-1.1.2 Qualified Inspection Organizations shall (c) provide instructions in writing to Inspectors to
be accredited by the Society pursuant to the provisions require them to immediately contact their Supervisor
set forth in Part 7. whenever the Inspector is unable to readily resolve any
6-1.1.3 The Qualified Inspection Organization question concerning ASME Code compliance, manufac-
shall provide inspection service by Inspectors who meet turing procedure, or quality control provision or its
the qualifications of the Inspector as defined herein. implementation. Instructions should be included as a
reminder to the Inspector that he has the authority and
the duty to refuse to sign any certification involving
1
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
nonconformance with the ASME Code.
2
The National Board refers to The National Board of Boiler and 6-1.2.5 Provide certification for each Inspector and
Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
3 Supervisor to be performing work under the provisions
For this Part of the Standard, the term Inspector refers to a
Qualified Inspector and the term Supervisor refers to a Qualified of the ASME Code, to ensure that the Inspectors and
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requirements of 6-3.1 and 6-2.1 as appropriate. Certifica- QAI-1 Standard for which the Organization is accredited
tion and documentation of the qualifications shall be by the Society or for which the applicant is seeking
retained by the employer and shall be made available Society accreditation as an accredited Qualified Inspec-
for review by the legal authorities and the ASME upon tion Organization. The Program shall document the poli-
request. cies and describe the process for the implementation of
the requirements of the QAI-1 Standard.
6-1.2.6 Submit to the National Board an applica-
(c) Document Control. The Program shall describe the
tion for a Qualified Inspector, certifying that the appli-
process for the review and revision of the Program.
cant has the required experience and training and that
Changes to the Program shall be controlled and the
qualified supervision will be provided to ensure that
process for review and approval of changes shall be
the Inspector satisfactorily fulfills the required functions.
specified. All changes to the Program require review
6-1.2.7 Submit to the National Board an applica- and acceptance by the Society before implementation.
tion for a Qualified Inspector Supervisor, certifying that Further, the Program shall be controlled to ensure appro-
the applicant has the required experience and training to priate distribution to and use at the location(s) where
provide supervision and other functions in accordance the prescribed activity is performed.
with the Qualified Inspection Organization Quality (d) Training. The Program shall describe the process
Program. for the indoctrination and training of personnel.
6-1.2.8 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment (e) Audits. The Program shall describe the process for
Department when entering into an agreement or when- the audits as required by 6-2.2.5 and 6-1.8(d).
ever an existing agreement is terminated with an ASME (f) Records. The Program shall describe the process
Certificate Holder. for records management. The description shall include
the requirements and the responsibilities for record iden-
6-1.2.9 Notify the ASME Conformity Assessment tification, generation, distribution, and retention.
department immediately when a change in qualification (g) Corrective Actions. The Program shall describe the
status as indicated in 6-1.1, or on the Certificate of corrective action process.
Accreditation, occurs.
6-1.4 Administrative Requirements
6-1.2.10 Provide Supervisors and Inspectors to
participate in the ASME reviews of Certificate Holders The Qualified Inspection Organization must
for which they provide Qualified Inspection. (a) identify its Inspectors as employees of the organi-
zation. The organization must also demonstrate control
6-1.2.11 Ensure the Inspector’s diary is made avail- over the Inspector’s activities.
able for ASME reviews and investigations. The purpose (b) have at least one Inspector and one Inspector
of the diary is to provide a record of the Inspector’s Supervisor.
activities and to support the continuity of inspections. (c) identify any entity within its ownership structure
6-1.3 Qualified Inspection Organization Quality that provides a service or product that may create a
Program conflict of interest with its Qualified Inspection
Organization work.
6-1.3.1 A documented Quality Program shall be
established, implemented, and maintained by the 6-1.5 Structure of Entity for Qualified Inspection
Qualified Inspection Organization in accordance with Organizations
the requirements of this Standard. The Quality Program The Qualified Inspection Organization must
shall identify the activities to which it applies and shall (a) be a legal authority or be an organization recog-
provide for the planning, control, and accomplishment nized by a legal authority
of activities affecting the quality of the organization’s (b) not be a sole proprietorship
implementation of duties and activities as described in (c) provide the formal name of the Qualified
the applicable Parts of this Standard. Inspection Organization and under what legal authority
6-1.3.2 The Quality Program shall, at a minimum, it was formed
include the following parts: (d) identify the owner or owners of the organization
(a) Organization. The Program shall document the and, additionally, any other owners within the chain of
organizational structure, functional responsibilities, lev- ownership up to, and including, the ultimate parent or
els of authority, and lines of responsibilities for activities owner
required for compliance with the requirements of this
6-1.6 Independence, Impartiality, and Integrity
Standard.
(b) Program Description. The Program shall describe 6-1.6.1 General. The personnel of the Qualified
the scope of the activities for which the Program applies. Inspection Organization shall be free of any commercial,
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judgments. Procedures shall be implemented to ensure or administration of inspection or examination activities


that persons or organizations external to the Qualified under the ASME Code.
Inspection Organization cannot influence the results of
6-2.1.3 The Supervisor shall have knowledge of
inspections carried out.
the ASME Code review procedures which shall include
6-1.6.2 Independence. The Qualified Inspection participating in at least two reviews as a Qualified
Organization shall be independent to the extent that is Inspector, manufacturer’s representative, or an observer.
required with regard to the conditions under which it 6-2.1.4 The Supervisor shall have knowledge of
performs its services. It shall meet the criteria described the requirements of the applicable ASME Code Sections
in 6-1.6.2.1 and 6-1.6.2.2. and this Standard.
6-1.6.2.1 The Organization and its staff responsi-
6-2.2 Duties
ble for carrying out the inspection shall not be the
designer, manufacturer, supplier or installer, purchaser, The Supervisor shall perform the duties specified in
owner, user or maintainer of the items that they inspect, 6-2.2.1 through 6-2.2.7.
nor the authorized representative of any of these parties 6-2.2.1 The Supervisor shall maintain a record of
and shall be independent of these parties. Certificate Holder ’s shop and field sites where
6-1.6.2.2 The Organization and its staff shall not Inspectors assigned to the Supervisor are performing
engage in any activities that may conflict with their Code inspection activities. The Supervisor shall record
independence of judgment and integrity in relation to the date of visits when related to the assigned supervi-
their inspection activities. sory duties.
6-2.2.2 The Supervisor shall maintain a record
6-1.7 Confidentiality
of those Inspectors assigned and a description of their
The Qualified Inspection Organization shall ensure assignments.
confidentiality of information obtained in the course
of its inspection activities. Proprietary rights shall be 6-2.2.3 The Supervisor shall assist in maintaining
protected. the competency of the Inspector to an acceptable level
through periodic arrangement of panel discussions of
6-1.8 Organization and Management work-related topics, written communications of unique
The Qualified Inspection Organization shall problems and their solution, informal question and
answer discussion sessions, and other means deemed
(a) have the capability to perform its technical func-
suitable. The Supervisor shall maintain documentation
tions satisfactorily
of such activities.
(b) define and document the responsibilities and
reporting structure of the Organization 6-2.2.4 The Supervisor shall be responsible for the
(c) have a technical manager, however named, who technical performance of the Inspector(s) assigned to
has the overall responsibility for overseeing inspection the Supervisor. Nonconforming activities reported to
activities in accordance with this Standard the Supervisor shall be reported to the organization’s
(d) perform annual audits of Supervisors management.
6-2.2.5 The Supervisor shall audit and document
6-2 THE SUPERVISOR the performance of each Inspector at least once each year
at approximately 12-month intervals and at additional
6-2.1 Qualifications times as requested by the Inspector. At the time of this
The Supervisor shall be selected and designated as audit, the Supervisor shall be accompanied by the
such by his employer. An Authorized Inspector Inspector.
Supervisor, if so selected and designated by his
6-2.2.6 The audit required in 6-2.2.5 shall be docu-
employer, shall be deemed as so qualified. A Qualified
mented in writing and shall contain comments regarding
Inspector Supervisor shall also be qualified as a
the status of each item audited.
Qualified Inspector and shall have the additional qualifi-
cations specified in 6-2.1.1 through 6-2.1.4. 6-2.2.7 The Supervisor shall confirm that correc-
tive action has been verified by the Inspector to ensure
6-2.1.1 The Supervisor shall have passed an exami-
compliance with the ASME Code requirements.
nation developed, promulgated, and administered by
the National Board.
6-3 THE INSPECTOR
6-2.1.2 The Supervisor, subsequent to being quali-
fied as an Inspector, shall have been engaged for at least 6-3.1 Qualifications
2 yr in ASME Code related activities such as inspection Inspectors shall comply with the National Board
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Certificate of Competency (see 6-1.1.1) where required (d) knowledge of Quality Control Systems, programs,
and a valid National Board Certification as a Qualified and shop and field procedures
Inspector. An applicant for designation as an Inspector (e) knowledge and ability to evaluate and monitor
shall have the following characteristics: shop and field procedures and performance
(a) demonstrated ability to perform shop and field (f) knowledge of the requirements for maintenance
inspections and other inspection activities in accordance and retention of records
with the ASME Code to the satisfaction of the (g) passing grade on an examination administered by
Organization employing him the National Board, covering knowledge of, and famil-
(b) satisfactory degree of expertise, experience, and iarity with, the ASME Code
background knowledge for the inspection of pressure An Authorized Inspector under 5-3, if so appointed
equipment according to the complexity of the and designated by his employer, shall be deemed so
assignment qualified as a Qualified Inspector under Part 6.
(c) knowledge of applicable Sections of the ASME
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Part 7
Accreditation of Qualified Inspection Organizations

7-0 SCOPE the applicant shall be granted a QIO Certificate of


Accreditation.
Part 7 is for use with Section XII of the ASME Code,1
including applicable Addenda and Code Cases and
other Section(s) of the ASME Code when the respective 7-4 EVALUATION FOR QIO CERTIFICATE OF
Code Section refers to the Qualified Inspection ACCREDITATION
Organization (QIO).
(a) Applicants applying for a new or renewed QIO
Certificate of Accreditation require a survey at a loca-
7-1 REQUIRED ACCREDITATION TO PROVIDE tion(s) where the applicant’s QAI-1 and ASME Boiler
QUALIFIED INSPECTION SERVICES and Pressure Vessel Code inspection activities are con-
trolled. The applicant shall specify the location(s) at
Qualified Inspection Organizations shall be accredited which the QAI-1 Quality Program will be fully demon-
by the Society2 pursuant to the provisions set forth in strated. It is not necessary to survey each office or loca-
this Part. tion covered by the same program, provided
documentation is made available to the Survey Team.
The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the Applicant’s
7-2 SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION
QAI-1 Quality Program, including its implementation.
(a) The QIO Certificate of Accreditation shall identify (b) The extent of the survey will be determined by
the office location(s) from which the inspection service the Society based on a review of the Applicant’s intended
is controlled and state the scope of inspections by Code scope of Code activities described in the application. The
Sections and Divisions thereof, for which accreditation acceptance by the Society of the QAI-1 Quality Program
is granted. Certificates of Accreditation are issued for a shall not be interpreted to mean endorsement of the
3-yr period. The Society may, at its discretion, limit or items or activities inspected by the Qualified Inspection
extend the scope of inspection and remove or add Organization personnel.
locations. (c) As a part of the accreditation process for a new or
(b) The Society may, at any time, make regulations renewed QIO Certificate of Accreditation, the Qualified
concerning the issuance and use of Certificates as it Inspection Organization shall provide a controlled copy
deems appropriate, and all regulations shall become of the QIO Quality Program, required to be maintained
binding upon the Certificate Holders. in accordance with 6-1.3, to the Society.
(d) All changes to the QIO Quality Program shall be
controlled. Copies of the changes to the QIO Quality
7-3 APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION Program shall be provided to the Society for review and
An organization desiring a QIO Certificate of acceptance before implementation.
Accreditation shall apply to the Society upon forms (e) A Qualified Inspection Organization shall provide
issued by the Society describing the basis for qualifica- ASME Survey Team access to facilities, premises, and
tion as a Qualified Inspection Organization and the records necessary to assess conformance with this
scope of activities to be accredited. Upon completion of Standard.
a successful survey3 and favorable action by the Society, (f) The required QIO Certificate of Accreditation to
provide inspection services shall be granted only after
the adequacy of the content and the implementation
1
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. of the QAI-1 Quality Program has been satisfactorily
2
Society refers to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. demonstrated to an ASME Survey Team and the survey
3
As used in this Standard, survey is defined as a planned and results acted upon by the Society.
documented activity performed to determine by investigation,
examination, or evaluation of objective evidence the adequacy of
compliance with established procedures, instructions, drawings
and other applicable documents, and the effectiveness of imple- 7-5 ISSUANCE OF ACCREDITATION
mentation. A survey should not be confused with surveillance or
inspection activities performed for the purpose of process control Each QIO Certificate of Accreditation Holder shall
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property of the Society, that it will be used according to accreditation, returning fees paid for the prorated unex-
the requirements of this Standard, and that the pired term.
Certificate will be promptly returned to the Society upon
demand, or when the QIO Certificate of Accreditation 7-6 RENEWAL OF ACCREDITATION
Holder discontinues the scope of inspection activities Not later than 6 months prior to the date of expiration
covered by the Certificate. The Holder of a QIO of the Certificate, the QIO Certificate of Accreditation
Certificate of Accreditation shall not permit any other Holder shall apply for the renewal of their accreditation
party to use its Certificate. The Society reserves the and the reissuance of the QIO Certificate of
absolute right to cancel or refuse to renew such Accreditation.

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Part 8
Qualifications and Duties for Certified Individuals

8-0 SCOPE (3) training commensurate with the scope, com-


plexity, or special nature of the activities to which over-
Part 8 is for use with Sections I; IV; VIII, Division 1;
sight is to be provided
VIII, Division 2; VIII, Division 3; X; and XII of the ASME
(c) comply with the National Board 2 “Rules for
Code1 including applicable Addenda and Code Cases,
Certified Individuals” and hold a valid National Board
when so referenced by the respective Code Section.
Certification for the specific ASME Code Section activi-
ties the Certified Individual undertakes.
(16) 8-1 QUALIFICATIONS (d) have a record, maintained and certified by the
Certificate Holder, containing objective evidence of the
A Certified Individual (CI) shall provide oversight to qualification and the training program provided.
ensure that each use of the appropriate ASME Code (e) have sufficient and well-defined responsibility, the
Symbol is in accordance with the requirements of the authority, and the organizational freedom necessary to
applicable ASME Code Section. The Certified perform the duties listed in 8-2.
Individual shall
(a) be an individual certified by an ASME-certified
organization authorized to use ASME marks, either a
full-time or part-time employee or contractor to the 8-2 DUTIES OF THE CERTIFIED INDIVIDUAL
ASME Certificate Holder. The CI is neither an The Certified Individual shall
Authorized Inspector (AI) nor a Qualified Inspector (QI) (a) verify that each item to which the ASME Code
as described in Parts 5 and 6, respectively. Symbol is applied meets all requirements of the applica-
(b) be qualified and certified by the Certificate Holder. ble ASME Code Section
Qualifications shall include as a minimum (b) review documentation for each item or lot of items
(1) knowledge of the requirements of the applicable to be stamped to verify that the requirements of the
Code Section for the application of the appropriate Code applicable ASME Code Section have been met
Symbol (c) sign the appropriate certification document as
(2) knowledge of the Certificate Holder’s quality required by the applicable ASME Code Section
program
2
The National Board refers to The National Board of Boiler and
1
ASME Code refers to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Pressure Vessel Inspectors.

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ASME QAI-1 CASES

A Case is the official method of handling a reply to an inquiry when study indicates that the
wording of the standard needs clarification, or when the reply modifies the existing requirements
of the standard.
ASME has agreed to publish Cases issued by the QAI Committee as part of the revision to
QAI-1. The text of proposed new and revised Cases appear on the QAI Committee Web page
for public review. New and revised Cases, as well as announcements of annulments, then appear
in the next Edition.

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QAI-1 Case 4
Qualification of Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor (Concrete)

Approval Date: March 31, 2014

Inquiry: What alternatives to the rules in ANSI/ qualified as an Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor
ASME N626.2-1976, Qualification and Duties for and as an Authorized Nuclear Inspector (Concrete).
Authorized Nuclear Inspection (Concrete); ANSI/
1.2 The Supervisor shall have a working knowl-
ASME N626-1985, Qualifications and Duties for
edge of the requirements of ASME Code Section III,
Authorized Nuclear Inspection Agencies and Personnel;
Division 2, and related referenced codes and standards.
and ASME QAI-1–2010 and earlier editions,
Qualifications for Authorized Inspection, may be used
for the qualification of the Authorized Nuclear 2.0
Inspection Supervisor (Concrete)?
Responsibility for assuring qualifications of the
Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that as an Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor (Concrete) in
alternative to the rules in ANSI/ASME N626.2-1976, accordance with this Case rests with the Authorized
ANSI/ASME N626-1985, and ASME QAI-1–2010 and Inspection Agency employing and assigning the
earlier editions, including all applicable addenda, the Inspectors or Supervisor. The Authorized Inspection
rules listed below may be used for the qualification of Agency shall inform the Certificate Holder and/or
the Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor Owner when Supervisor ’s qualifications have been
(Concrete). established by the provisions of this Case.

1.0 The Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor


(Concrete) 3.0
1.1 The Supervisor shall be selected and desig- Use of this Case shall be documented in the AIA’s
nated as such by the employer. The individual shall have Quality Program.

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