May 30, 2012
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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has published guidance document
GD-385, Pre-licensing Review of a Vendor’s Reactor Design.
GD-385 describes the pre-licensing review process provided by the CNSC for assessing a vendor’s design for a nuclear power plant or small reactor. The review can be undertaken by a reactor vendor prior to an applicant’s submission of a licence application to the CNSC.
The review does not certify a reactor design, and does not involve the issuance of a licence under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. It is not required as part of the licensing process for a new nuclear power plant or small reactor. The conclusions of a design review do not bind or otherwise influence decisions made by the Commission Tribunal, with whom the authority resides to issue licences for nuclear power plants and small reactors.
The review considers the areas of design that relate to reactor safety, security and safeguards. This review can provide early identification and resolution of potential regulatory or technical issues in the design process, particularly those that could result in significant changes to the design or safety analysis. The objective of a pre-licensing review is to increase regulatory certainty while ensuring public safety.
A paper copy of the document in either official language can be requested from:
Online: Publications catalogue
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
P.O. Box 1046, Station B
280 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5S9
Telephone: 613-995-5894 or 1-800-668-5284 (Canada only)