Fourth MDEP Conference on New Reactor Design Activities

    12-13 September 2017
    London, United Kingdom

    Background and objectives

    The MDEP is a unique multinational initiative leveraging the resources and knowledge of national regulators to review new reactor designs. The programme recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is recognised as an effective framework for regulatory co‑operation and harmonisation.

    Over the past 10 years, MDEP has published 24 common positions and 13 technical reports. In 2015, the MDEP members extended the co‑operation period from the end of 2017 to the end of 2022, focusing on its core mission of collaborating on new reactor design-specific activities. The scope of MDEP has been extended in 2016 to incorporate commissioning and early phase operation as MDEP areas of co‑operation.

    At this important milestone, MDEP is hoping to gather feedback on its current activities and discuss its future. To this end, MDEP is organising its fourth MDEP conference. The event will provide a forum for MDEP stakeholders (including industry representatives, standard development organisations and other international organisations) to share the results of their engagement with the programme and to deliver presentations on ongoing activities related to new reactor licensing. The two-day conference will include sessions on codes and standards harmonisation, digital instrumentation and controls, supply chain regulatory issues and vendor inspection co‑operation, influence of MDEP interactions on reactor designs safety, commissioning activities and perspectives for MDEP.

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    Organisation and participation


    Participation is free of charge but open by invitation only to:

    • industry representatives;
    • international organisations and associations;
    • countries' nuclear regulatory organisations and their technical support organisations.

    The maximum number of attendees allowed is 175.

    After receiving the invitation, participants should register through . Registration will then be confirmed by e-mail. Few seats left!


    All presentations and discussions will be in English.

    Organising committee

    The members of the organising committee are:

    • Mr Julien Collet, ASN, France, STC Chair, Chair of the organising committee
    • Mr Christian Carrier, CNSC, Canada, STC member
    • Mr Tapani Virolainen, STUK, Finland, STC member
    • Mr Gary Holahan, US NRC, USA, STC member
    • Ms Donna Williams, US NRC, USA, STC member
    • Ms Anne-C├ęcile Rigail, ASN, France, EPRWG Chair
    • Mr Lawrence Burkhart, US NRC, USA, AP1000WG Chair
    • Dr Sweng Woong Woo, KINS, Korea, APR1400WG Chair
    • Mr Sergei Bogdan, SEC-NRS, Russia, VVERWG Chair
    • Mr Neil Blundell, ONR, UK, ABWRWG Chair
    • Mr Xuejun Wei, CNSC, Canada, CSWG Chair
    • Mr Ismael Garcia, US NRC, USA, DICWG Chair
    • Mr Stuart Allen, ONR, UK, VICWG Chair

    Venue and contact

    The workshop will be held at the

    Queen Elizabeth II Centre
    Saint James room
    Broad Sanctuary
    Westminster, London
    SW1P 3EE, United Kingdom

    More information is available at

    Information on how to get there is available at


    The Queen Elizabeth II Centre does not offer accommodation facilities.

    It is a 10-minute walk from the WNA symposium venue that will be held on 14-15 September 2017. As a consequence, participants willing to attend both events can easily stay the whole week at the same hotel.

    A large choice of hotels ranging from budget to executive is available a short walk away. As September is a busy period in London, it is recommended to book in advance.

    Please note that the information below is provided for convenience only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the NEA of the services of a particular hotel. The NEA has made no verification and makes no express or implied representation as to the quality or availability of the hotel services, which are subject to change without notice. We suggest that you verify the nature of the services, the applicable rates and any other relevant information directly with the hotel.

    A list of hotels can be found in the map below. You can also visit the following website to find a listing of hotels in the Westminster area.

    More information is also available on the the Queen Elizabeth II Centre's accommodation page.

    The hotels below are granting a rate for MDEP conference participants. Please consider the offer and, if interested, contact to request the code and necessary details to book accommodation at the agreed rate in the hotel of your choice.

    Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway, London SW1H 0BH (320 m from Queen Elizabeth II Centre)
    15% discount of the best available rate at the time of booking.

    St. Ermin's Hotel, Westminster, London SW1H 0QW (450 m from Queen Elizabeth II Centre)
    GBP 299 per room per night inclusive of VAT and buffet breakfast


    For any additional information, please contact .

    Last reviewed: 18 August 2017