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IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) launched a new equipment certification program which aims to help the nuclear industry improve safety.

The organization said the IEEE Nuclear Power Electrical Equipment Certification Program would help stakeholders by “implementing cost savings on source verification and audits, limiting fraudulent product issues, offering an independent assessment of compliance to relevant IEEE standards, and mitigating uncertainties in Class 1E electrical equipment procurement.”

Accodring to IEEE, the program would benefit utilities and plant owners, equipment vendors, systems integrators and others. It would provide a standardized test plan, methodology, and report templates that could help avoid market confusion and make it easier to identify, attain, and manage IEEE product certifications when building an equipment qualification package.

In order to qualify as a recognized nuclear equipment test facility, labs undergo an extensive audit performed by the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP). Periodic audits are performed to assess their technical competence and quality assurance program by utilizing standardized audit guidelines with relevant IEEE standards.

IEEE SA has announced Kinectrics, Inc. and NTS as early adopters that have been recognized in the program. Recognized labs would demonstrate that only certified components meeting the most widely accepted qualification standards can be tested.

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