STUK authorises inspection organisations to inspect pressure equipment, other mechanical equipment as well as steel and concrete structures for nuclear facilities. Operation of STUK-approved inspection organisations is subject to STUK’s monitoring and oversight in accordance with the periodical inspection programme. Inspections organisations regularly report their operation to STUK. The inspection organisation can be an independent third-party inspection body (authorized inspection body) or the licensee's own inspection body.
The approval requirements are given in the STUK Guide YVL E.1 Authorised inspection body and the licensee’s in-house inspection organisation. The requirements apply, among other things, to the operation and organisational structure, resources and competence, approval procedure and reporting obligations of IOs as well as to STUK’s oversight procedures. Guide YVL E.1 contains detailed instructions for the submission of an application to act as an inspection organisations for nuclear power plants.
An approval from STUK requires that an IO first acquires from the domestic accreditation body (In Finland: FINAS, the Finnish Accreditation Service) accreditation demonstrating qualification. An accreditation’s approval is based on the standard SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17020:2012, the technical standards applicable to inspection as well as those of STUK's YVL guides that set requirements for inspections that fall within the scope planned for the IOs. After accreditation is granted, the IOs apply for approval, i.e. authorisation, from STUK.
STUK has approved the following IOs to act as Authorised Inspection Organisations (AIO). They conduct tasks relating to the conformity assessment and approval of the design and manufacturing of mechanical components and structures for the plant units referred to in the Table.
|AIO||Approval date||Licence validity||Applicable Safety Classes||Plant units|
Inspecta tarkastus Oy
|31.3.2020||5 years||2, 3 and 4||OL1, OL2, OL3, LO1, LO2, Posiva|
|DEKRA Inspection Oy||14.6.2021||5 years||2, 3 and 4||OL1, OL2, OL3, LO1, LO2, Posiva|
|TÜV Süd Industrie Service GmbH||21.12.2020||5 years||2, 3 and 4||OL1, OL2, OL3, LO1, LO2, Posiva|