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The Role of Electronic Reading Rooms in NRC Document Review

Virtual document reviewing software has become vital in industries where regulatory compliance and document retrieval are frequent necessities. In the energy sector, Certrec’s Electronic Reading Rooms (ERRs) are used to manage and distribute documents related to plant operations, safety procedures, and compliance reports. These online reference portals streamline document handling for major licensing applications and enhance the ability to respond to regulatory inquiries efficiently. Moreover, these rooms enhance regulatory transparency, boosting safety by ensuring only authorized personnel can access the information. Integrating ERRs in this sector has proven crucial for maintaining operational efficiency and compliance with safety standards.

Electronic Reading Rooms for the Energy Sector

Certrec’s ERRs are shared virtual spaces that allow for the storage, management, and controlled review of documents in a secure and accessible manner. The compliance and transparency features of ERRs represent a pivotal shift in how Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documentation is accessed and managed. These digital spaces facilitate the efficient management of documents and ensure compliance while promoting transparency and accessibility.

Controlled Access to Information

Unlike physical reading rooms, ERRs are accessible 24/7 from any location with internet connectivity, overcoming geographical limitations. This accessibility dramatically enhances the capability of professionals in the nuclear sector to retrieve and utilize documents promptly and efficiently. However, the NRC’s access is tightly controlled to ensure their access is limited to reading as it does not allow NRC users to take possession of the documents at any point. Information is password-protected and controlled on a need-to-know basis. Additionally, NRC staff are prevented from printing, saving, or downloading documents.

Security and Compliance

Security is paramount in any virtual shared space, particularly when handling sensitive or confidential information. ERRs are designed with robust security measures to prevent unauthorized access and data breaches. This includes secure login processes and comprehensive tools for controlling access to information. Certrec’s applications are all hosted on our secure ISO 27001:2022 IT platform, and all data is FedRamp compliant and stored within the US.

Furthermore, our ERRs meet the NRC’s acceptance criteria for online reference portals. Adherence to these standards ensures that the ERRs are safe and legally compliant. Regular SOC 2 Type 2 audits ensure that our security protocols remain uncompromised and up-to-date.

Supporting Major NRC Licensing Actions

The utility of an ERR is greatly enhanced by its advanced search functionalities. Users can quickly find documents through keyword searches, metadata filters, and full-text search capabilities. Additionally, well-organized ERRs support the creation of major licensing actions, such as:

  • Combined operating license applications
  • Design control document reviews
  • License renewal applications
  • Life extension reviews
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 805 compliance.

These capabilities significantly reduce the time spent searching for documents, thereby increasing overall productivity. With Certrec’s ERRs, you can be sure your licensing basis is protected, while staying ahead of the game in a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

Collaboration and Interaction

Electronic reading rooms facilitate user collaboration by allowing shared access to documents and providing tools for annotation, discussion, and review. This interactive environment supports a more dynamic exchange of ideas and can be especially beneficial for projects requiring joint efforts from multiple stakeholders. In regulatory environments, project teams can collaborate on document submission in real-time, ensuring accuracy and consistency.


The transformation from traditional to electronic reading rooms marks a significant milestone in information management. An ERR offers unprecedented access to information, heightened security, and enhanced collaborative opportunities, making it indispensable in modern digital landscapes. As we move forward, the continuous improvement and integration of new technologies will undoubtedly make shared virtual reading rooms even more effective and essential for various industries. Thus, the electronic reading room stands as a cornerstone of modern information strategy within the energy industry.

Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Certrec. This content is meant for informational purposes only.