Nuclear Power Electrical Equipment Certification Program

This program is based on IEEE nuclear standards and implements certification test methods, procedures, and protocols for both Class 1E (IEEE) and Important to Safety (IEC) components to validate adherence.

As the world moves to alternative energy sources, there is heightened interest in nuclear power as a low-carbon, cost-effective and sustainable way to meet growing energy demands. With this transition comes the critical need for more rigorous equipment assessment in the development of nuclear components, building of new plants, and maintenance of aging plants around the world.

As such, failures in product and equipment design, qualification testing, or the validity of test results have a greater impact than ever on the nuclear power industry. Deficiencies in any of these areas can result in a large number of nuclear units being temporarily or permanently shut down. Entire countries can be adversely affected, and the economic and social costs would be devastating.

As a result, the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) and IEEE Nuclear Power Engineering Committee (NPEC) have developed the IEEE Nuclear Power Electrical Equipment Certification Program. This certification program is based on IEEE 60780-323™, IEEE 344™, and other related IEEE nuclear standards and implements certification initiatives for both Class 1E (IEEE) and Important to Safety (IEC) components to nuclear qualification standards. The goal of this program is to validate adherence to IEEE nuclear standards.

Benefits of IEEE Nuclear Power Electrical Equipment Certification

Conformance with IEEE standards has never been more necessary than it is today, the IEEE Nuclear Power Electrical Equipment Certification program works to ensure that certified components–meeting the most widely accepted qualification requirements–are deployed. Adoption of the IEEE conformity assessment program for nuclear qualification standards is the next step in improving nuclear safety worldwide.

This program helps to:

  • Review adherence to safety, performance, reliability, and quality requirements of IEEE standards
  • Minimize risk through independent verification of equipment properties and design processes using rigorous conformance and test methods, procedures, and protocols
  • Mitigate uncertainties in 1E electrical equipment procurement
  • Reduce inaccurate internal assessments of conformance
  • Limit fraudulent product issues related to counterfeit parts and falsified test reports
  • Realize cost savings on source verification and audits
  • Afford objectivity and transparency in quality assurance activities, enhancing market confidence and acceptance

Key features of the program include:

  • Standardized Test Plans: Users benefit from the use of standardized test plan, methodology and report templates that can help avoid market confusion and streamline the identification, retention and management of IEEE product certifications when building an EQ binder.
  • Utility Engagement: Built to adhere to national and international regulatory requirements, EQ Navigator affords utilities the ability to receive, trace and confirm authenticity of test reports and certified products information for inclusion in plant qualification packages/binders.
  • IEEE Recognized Test Labs: All test labs associated with this program are audited for their technical competence and quality assurance utilizing standardized audit guidelines with relevant IEEE NPEC standards.

Participants and users include:

  • Systems integrators/specifiers
  • Utility and plant owners
  • Equipment and component vendors
  • Regulatory agencies and governments
  • Plant designers and engineers
  • EQ testing facilities
  • Insurers

About the IEEE NPEC Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (CASC)

The NPEC CASC was formed in October 2014 and includes subject matter experts from utilities, regulators, manufacturers, testing laboratories and independent consultants. The committee has international representation from Asia, Europe and North America.

Take the Next Step

Take the Next Step

Submit the form below to get involved.

IEEE EQ Navigator™

IEEE EQ Navigator Logo. Built by Endevor.
The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program’s IEEE Equipment Qualification (EQ) Navigator™, is a full-service software-as-a-service (SaaS) for the nuclear industry to systematically build an EQ binder that allows for independent and streamlined assessment of conformance to IEEE nuclear power standards. IEEE EQ Navigator™  is a solution designed to assist in managing and tracking the qualification process as well as reporting certifications. The system was developed for manufacturers, utilities, test labs and other key stakeholders to provide an independent and streamlined assessment of product conformance IEEE Nuclear Power Standards. Plant engineers will also find IEEE EQ Navigator™ a valuable resource for assessing equipment replacement needs in aging sites. IEEE EQ Navigator™ can:

Find Recognized Labs

On EQ Navigator, click the Search Now button to find an IEEE accredited lab. To make finding the lab you need quicker and easier you can search by company name, location and certification areas.

Product Certification and Search

Products certified through this program will be listed in IEEE EQ Navigator and eligible for the IEEE certification mark, which may also include assignment of a unique certification number for enhanced traceability and authenticity. To find certified products go to EQ Navigator, click the Search Now button. There are many search criteria like certification, model and product type to use to help you find the products you need.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn about new developments, including resources, insights and more.