[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 36 (Tuesday, February 24, 2004)]
[Pages 8496-8497]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-3891]



Regulatory Guide; Issuance, Availability

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a revision of a 
guide in its Regulatory Guide Series. This series has been developed to 
describe and make available to the public such information as methods 
acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the 
NRC's regulations, techniques used by the staff in its review of 
applications for permits and licenses, and data needed by the NRC staff 
in its review of applications for permits and licenses.
    Revision 1 of Regulatory Guide 1.168, ``Verification, Validation, 
Reviews, and Audits for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety 
Systems of Nuclear Power Plants,'' provides guidance to licensees and 
applicants on methods acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with 
the NRC's regulations on verification, validation, reviews, and audits 
for digital computer software used in safety systems of nuclear power 
plants. This regulatory guide endorses, with certain exceptions, two 
standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: 
IEEE Std 1012-1998, ``IEEE Standard for Software Verification and 
Validation,'' and IEEE Std 1028-1997, ``IEEE Standard for Software 
Reviews and Audits.''
    Comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in 
guides currently being developed or improvements in all published 
guides are encouraged at any time. Written comments may be submitted to 
the Rules and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, 
Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555. Questions on the content of this guide may be 
directed to Mr. R. Shaffer, (301) 415-7606; e-mail [email protected].
    Regulatory guides are available for inspection or downloading at 
the NRC's Web site at http://www.nrc.gov under NRC Documents and in 

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System at the same site. Single copies of regulatory guides may be 
obtained free of charge by writing the Reproduction and Distribution 
Services Section, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001, or by fax to (301) 415-2289, or by e-mail to 
[email protected]. Issued guides may also be purchased from the 
National Technical Information Service (NTIS) on a standing order 
basis. Details on this service may be obtained by writing NTIS at 5285 
Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161; telephone 1-800-553-6847; 
http://www.ntis.gov/. Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and 
Commission approval is not required to reproduce them.

(5 U.S.C. 552(a))

    Dated at Rockville, MD, this 20th day of January, 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ashok C. Thadani,
Director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 04-3891 Filed 2-23-04; 8:45 am]