By adopting the adequacy and compatibility criteria examined under this principle, NRC offers a wide range of flexibility in the management of individual programs of contracting states. Recognizing that States Parties are responsible for sources other than raw materials, NRC authorizes States Parties to design their programs in a way that takes into account the specific needs and preferences of the state. This statement of principles addresses the interaction between federal countries within the AEA in concluding and maintaining agreements (1) with states under subsection 274b, which provide for the termination by NRC and the management of a regulatory program for the safe use of contract equipment by NRC; (2) ensure that the interactions between NRC and the agreement`s radiation control programs are coordinated in accordance with the agreement; and (3) to ensure that States Parties provide adequate protection of public health and safety and maintain programs consistent with NRC`s regulatory agenda. Contracting States Statutes: (a) authorize the state to establish a program for regulating contract equipment and to give the authority to assume regulatory responsibility under an agreement with the NRC; (b) to authorize the state to adopt the regulatory requirements necessary to adequately protect public health and safety; (c) to authorize the state to authorize, verify and enforce legally binding requirements, such as rules and licences; and (d) otherwise consistent with existing federal laws. In addition, the State should have existing legally binding measures, such as general enforcement provisions, injunctions, licensing conditions or other appropriate measures necessary for the state to ensure adequate protection of public health and public safety when regulating contract equipment in the state. In particular, because of their particular importance to health and safety, States Parties should adopt legally binding requirements based on the requirements set by the NRC. When these requirements are adopted, contracting states implement the essential objectives of NRA requirements. 1. Subsection 274b of the AEA authorizes NRC to enter into an agreement whereby the NRC ceases and the state assumes the power to regulate some or all of these materials. The material over which the state obtains regulatory authority under such an agreement is called „contractual material.” Although the National Materials Program (NMP) is not defined in the AEA, it describes the overall collective effort in which NRC and contracting states act in the implementation of their respective contractual equipment regulatory programs.
The vision of the MFN is to establish a coherent national system of regulation of contract materials to protect public health and public safety through compatible regulatory programs. Through the PNMP, NRC and contracting states act as regulatory partners.