Re: ASME NQA-1-1994 Standard Supplement 17S-1: Dual Storage
This is a question that comes up quite often. In 1997 the NQA-1 committee decided to move to a more performance-based standard. This meant that a lot of the detailed requirements that were in the 1994/95 edition of the standard were moved to the subparts. In the case 17S-1 was moved to 17A-1, which made it a nonmandatory appendix. The problem that this caused is that many organizations have ignored the NRC and industry accepted practices found in the subparts like 17A-1 and choose other methods of implementation.
So to answer your question directly, if your customer is meeting the requirements of an earlier edition, which in your case means they probably have a license from the NRC, then you must also meet that requirement even though your program does not require it. In fact if you were to look at a newer version of the standard, e.g., 2008 with the 2009 addendum you will find the dual storage language back in Part I (Requirement 17). Hope this helps.