During the six decades of commercial nuclear power operation so far, nuclear programmes in Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) member countries have grown significantly. Effective communication among member countries has been a major reason for the steady improvements in nuclear power plant safety and performance around the world. Member countries continue to learn from each other, incorporating experience and lessons learnt. They consult each other when reviewing applications and maintain bilateral agreements to keep the communication channel open. This has been vital and will continue to be extremely important to the success of the new fleet of reactors being built.
This document provides summary results of licensing process surveys conducted by member countries during the 2009-2016 period and will provide valuable information on the design-related technical topics that are reviewed by regulatory organisations.