CORDEL View of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP)
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The World Nuclear Association’s (WNA) Cooperation and Development of Reactor Design, Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL) Working Group recognises that the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) has been a valuable counterpart in achieving a future in which regulators move towards harmonization in regulatory requirements across borders.
As the first new reactors designs (EPR, VVER and AP1000) near operation and the completion of their license reviews, CORDEL believes it is not only appropriate to look at future MDEP programmes, but for both CORDEL and MDEP to assess how they are achieving their objectives.
In this paper we provide an overall CORDEL statement on the future of MDEP, recommendations on various aspects of the MDEP work including collaboration with CORDEL and also a number of proposals on potential issues.
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