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Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL) Working Group Annual Report 2011-2012

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Created in 2007, WNA’s Working Group on Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing CORDEL) is an industry sponsored Group that promotes the achievement of a worldwide regulatory and industry environment where internationally accepted standardized reactor designs can be widely deployed without major design changes except those dictated by site specific and minor local necessities. 

CORDEL believes that increased harmonization leading to standard designs operating in many countries will enhance nuclear safety worldwide.

CORDEL facilitates dialogue among industry, regulators and governments on the benefits of international standardization of nuclear reactor designs, and means of achieving a worldwide convergence of reactor design requirements, rules, codes and safety standards.

To support this dialogue, CORDEL has analysed the benefits of internationally accepted standards for Generation III and III+ reactors. This could lay the foundations for developing standards for future Generation IV reactors. The CORDEL group’s first product is a paper entitled “Benefits Gained through International Harmonization of Nuclear Safety Standards for Reactor Designs”. 

In 2010, CORDEL published a Roadmap Report “International Standardization of Nuclear Reactor Designs”, which outlined a three-phase approach to achieving international standardization in parallel with efficient, transparent regulatory procedures and harmonized worldwide standards of nuclear safety. 

Through the CORDEL group, the nuclear industry seeks to contribute to all relevant forums, including the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP), various industry Standards Development Organizations, the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

CORDEL shares its collective industry experience and expertise with regulators in order to facilitate progress in the harmonization of regulatory reactor design requirements and in greater cooperation of regulators in licensing of reactor designs.