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Forum on Licensing and Safety Issues for Small and Medium Sized Reactors (SMRs)

The 6th Dialogue Forum on Global Nuclear Energy Sustainability: Licensing and Safety Issues for Small and Medium-sized Nuclear Power Reactors (SMRs) organized under the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) and held from July 29 to August 2, 2013 in Vienna, Austria, decided to establish the Small Modular Reactors Regulators’ Forum. The decision was reflected in the Resolution of the 57th Session of the IAEA General Conference “Strengthening the Agency's Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology and Applications” adopted on September 19, 2013.

The purpose of the Forum is to create a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of safety regulation of small and medium power reactors.

The kick-off meeting within the framework of the Forum was held on March 23 to 27, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. As a result of the meeting, the Terms of Reference and the Pilot Project Plan were finalized, and the present name of the Forum was determined – the Small Modular Reactors Regulators’ Forum (SMR Forum).

In accordance with the SMR Forum's Terms of Reference, small modular reactors are nuclear reactors that have several of the following characteristics:

• nuclear reactors with a capacity of up to 300 MWe or up to 1000 MWth per reactor;

• intended for commercial use, i.e. for the production of electricity, heat energy, desalination (as opposed to research and test reactors);

• provide for the addition of several reactors nearby to the same infrastructure (modular reactors);

• can be light-water or non-light-water ones.

The mission of the SMR Forum is to identify and address safety issues that may affect regulatory review of SMRs and to provide guidance to regulators on common approaches to address them.

Senior officials and experts from the regulators of Canada, China, Finland, France, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States are participating in the SMR Forum. The IAEA serves as the technical secretariat for the SMR Forum.

The first (pilot) stage of the SMR Forum was completed in May 2017. The next stage of the SMR Forum was to take three years and can be extended by decision of its members.

The structure of the SMR Forum consists of the Steering Committee (SC) and three working groups, such as the Working Group on Licensing Issues, the Working Group on Design and Safety Analysis, and the Working Group on Manufacturing, Commissioning and Operations.

Representatives of Rostechnadzor participate in all working groups of the SMR Forum and its Steering Committee.