Nuclear Equipment Qualification Technical Forum



Equipment Qualification, or EQ, is the practice of generating evidence that relevant components will fulfil their specified safety functions for the duration required during normal, abnormal and postulated accident conditions. The qualification of components for use in safety classified nuclear applications can be a challenging task, particularly for organisations new to the nuclear market sector or supplying to international projects.
TÜV SÜD is teaming up with the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and equipment supplier Friotherm to deliver a technical forum on Nuclear Equipment Qualification providing insights into the application of the equipment qualification process from three perspectives - a regulatory perspective, a manufacturer's perspective, and that of a certifying qualification body.

Get a 360° view of the most important points and challenges and learn how to successfully navigate through an equipment qualification process.

Webinar Agenda

Welcome & Introduction

Simon Yates, ONR

  • ONR introduction
  • What does ONR look for in new build projects in UK?
  • Codes and standards
  • ONR guidance

Graham Dick, TÜV SÜD

  • EQ approaches
  • How can companies from other sectors enter the nuclear market?

Cord Lehmann, Friotherm

  • A manufacturer’s experience of EQ
  • What are the challenges and what should you do to overcome them?

Dr Lars-Thilo Voss, TÜV SÜD

  • International best practice when working with different regulatory set ups and different authorities
    Role of a third party
  • What is a graded approach?




  • Graham Dick // Principal Consultant, TÜV SÜD
    Graham is a chartered mechanical engineer who has extensive experience of industry sectors where the highest degree of focus is placed on the safety and integrity of functional systems. Working for TÜV SÜD as principal consultant, he combines expertise gained from the Aerospace, Offshore Energy and Nuclear sectors. In his previous position he held responsibility for delivering Nuclear Equipment Qualification programmes within the EDF HPC project. A position that required a detailed understanding of the safety classifications placed on active equipment, along with the ability to select the most appropriate path to qualification. He has extensive experience of working with experienced suppliers and those new to the sector, to ensure that safety case requirements are fulfilled and evidenced in a manner that satisfies both site licence holder and regulator.
  • Simon Yates // Principal Inspector – Nuclear Safety, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
    A chartered mechanical engineer who has worked in the UK nuclear industry for over 30 years in the fields of nuclear safety and safety case development. Early years were spent working for civil nuclear power plant licensee supporting the construction, commissioning and operation of the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor followed by time as a safety case project manager with nuclear propulsion (defence) licensee. He has worked with the ONR for 12 years and is currently the lead mechanical engineering inspector for the regulation of the Hinkley Point C new build project which includes leading on equipment qualification for accident conditions and preparations for commissioning.
  • Cord Lehmann // Head of New Installations, Friotherm
    Cord is a highly experienced professional that holds a degree in chemical engineering. He started his career as a process engineer in the petrochemical industry, where he dealt with basic and detail engineering of new build plants. He gained further experience as technical support for chillers for HVAC and industrial applications and was a project manager for chiller exchange at NPPs in Germany. His further roles included working as a product manager for chiller series, being the Head of Business Unit for refrigerating products, leading an engineering team for emergency diesel generators for NPPs and being the GM at an oil-free chiller manufacturer. His most recent position is the project manager for DEL chiller units for the HPC project at Friotherm.
  • Dr. Lars-Thilo Voß // Business Line Manager Nuclear Power & Decommissioning, TÜV SÜD
    As a highly qualified physicist with extensive experience in the fields of nuclear safety, nuclear technology, and project management, Lars-Thilo has over a decade of practical experience in aging management, component behaviour, plant safety and optimisation. He is well-known as a project manager who has led diverse projects related to nuclear safety in Germany and abroad. He is also a specialist for external hazards involved in the German (RSK) stress test and the European stress test.
  • Sonia Legg // Webinar Host, TÜV SÜD
    A former broadcast journalist and television presenter who has worked for the BBC and Independent Television News in the UK. Sonia was also the Business Television Editor at Reuters international news agency for more than a decade, covering all the major global business stories post the financial crash. Now also a presentation skills consultant working with TÜV SÜD and others. Sonia will skilfully guide our guest speakers through this online event.

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