The O&M Code was developed when it was decided to move Pump and Valve Inservice Testing (IST) Requirements from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code, Section XI to a standalone Code. The Code review process structure at the time was quite small and generally consisted of changing Section XI Subsections IWP and IWV into OM language. At the same time, new testing techniques were being developed that included check valve condition monitoring and current trace testing of motor actuated valves. This necessitated adding groups that were specific to these new initiatives.
Although that was several decades ago, these groups remained and, over the years, it was identified that actions, such as Inquiries, were taking much too long to process. This became abundantly clear with the development of the newly published Mandatory Appendix IV for Air Operated Valve Testing.
This paper discusses how the Code Committee became the organization that it is and how a new realignment will streamline the Code process and make it more efficient and responsive to the industry/regulatory needs.
Paper published with permission.