Contractors with existing processes that satisfy the configuration management criteria
should continue to use those processes, modifying them only as necessary. This standard
should not be used to justify repackaging existing processes that are already adequate.
For example, if a facility has an adequate document control process, there would be little
benefit in requiring that facility to repackage the process for the sole purpose of matching
the format or terminology in this standard. Improvements can be made to existing
processes to ensure they address the criteria in this standard, rather than complete
revisions to existing processes. Contractors who have questions regarding changes that
may be necessary to comply with this standard are urged to consult with their DOE line
organizations prior to expending significant budget.
Configuration management activities may already be present in a variety of processes at a
facility. Some areas where contractors may find elements of configuration management
document control and records management,
procedure change control,
temporary modification control,
facility status and operational configuration control, and
lockout and tagout.
Some of these interfacing programs input information important to the configuration
management process, some perform functions necessary to ensure configuration
management, and others require configuration management to ensure valid information is
3.11 Managing Design Changes and Safety Bases under Configuration
3.11.1 Design Changes
Figure 3-5 illustrates the relationship between the configuration management equipment
database and the design process. Changes to the design requirements must be processed
through the change control process discussed in Chapter 5.
Requests for changes to the design of the activity typically include a description of the
problem and sometimes include an associated proposed facility configuration change.
When a change is requested, the individual preparing the documentation for the proposed
change should consult the configuration management equipment database and assess how
the design requirements in that database will be affected. That assessment should be part