On March 15-17, the 8th annual workshop “The Goals and Objectives of Quality Management Activities at ROSATOM (Strategic Session)” was held at ROSATOM-CICE&T. It was dedicated to the development of the quality management system in the Russian nuclear industry. The workshop was attended by the representatives of quality management services of ROSATOM divisions and enterprises, as well as invited experts from international and Russian companies such as Siemens, Volkswagen Group Rus, A.T.Kearney, Worley Parsons Energy Services, PJSC United Aircraft Corporation, etc.
“The quality of Russian nuclear technologies has been recognized abroad. They trust us. More than 50 countries in the world are potential and current customers of ROSATOM. The portfolio of foreign orders for NPP construction that ROSATOM has nowadays is 5-6 times larger than the one of any other vendor. And today the whole world keeps an eye on us: whether we can fulfill in time the number of orders that we have taken. To do this, we need to adapt the industry management systems, including quality management system, to international standards, – said Mr. K.B. Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business, ROSATOM.”
Talking about the main goals and proposals in the field of quality, which should be implemented in 2017, Mr. A.G. Mukhlinin, Deputy Director for Quality Management, JSC ASE, paid particular attention to the harmonization of the process model and the standards of the integrated management system. Quality and continuous improvement of activities become priority requirements for potential suppliers, consequently to ensure it there are audits for suppliers in the early stages of contractual relations at the request of a foreign customer.
The need to justify the possibility of using Russian standards and any dispensations; strict requirements for supplier management systems, the need to meet international standards in the field of nuclear power industry was addressed by Mr. V.V. Kozlov, Director for Production, RAOS Project Oy in his presentation on the practical case of Hanhikivi project.
The topics discussed at the Workshop were all in line with the IAEA guidance on Milestone Approach that emphasizes the compliance with the requirements of Customer and Regulator, importance of the properly established quality management for the safe operation and maintenance of the nuclear facilities as claimed in the issue #3 “Management” [NG-G-3.1(Rev. 1), IAEA, 2015].