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Framework programme


Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 147,9 million

Official Journal Reference

L 286 of 1988-10-20

Legislative Reference

88/522/Euratom of 1988-10-14
To increase the safety of nuclear fission technology through accident modelling and risk assessment, the evaluation of reactor reliability, the inspection of plant structures, the observation of operating behaviour and the study of cooling systems as well as to increase industrial competitivity by accelerating the transfer of technology to industry.


Part of the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (1987-1991) under subactivity 5.1.: "Fission: Nuclear safety".

Activities have been reduced by comparison with the previous 1984-1987 programme.

It is concerned with accident analysis and prevention in the case of Light Water Reactors (LWR) and Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR).


Five areas:

- Reliability and risk evaluation:
. Collection and evaluation of reactor operational data in the framework of the European Reliability Data System (ERDS);
. Assessment of Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) methodologies used by licensing authorities, utilities and industries;

- Project for Inspection of Steel Components (PISC):
Assessment of procedures and techniques used to inspect nuclear reactor structures; the project carried out since 1974 for the Commission and OECD/NEA is now in its third phase;

- Abnormal behaviour of LWR cooling system:
Verification of system codes (LOBI test programme) which reproduce the thermohydraulic behaviour of LWR cooling loops under accidental conditions;

- Source term:
Assessment of potential release of radioactivity from nuclear power plants in the event of a severe accident;

- LMFBR accident modelling:
Analysis of unlikely but serious accidents of concern to the Community population. The Post Accident Heat Removal (PAHR) in-pile activities are to be concluded by 1991.


The Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is responsible for implementing this programme, which is executed by the JRC's Institute for Safety Technology at Ispra.

In cooperation with the board of governors, the Commission ensures that periodic consultation is maintained with the relevant management and coordination advisory committees or equivalent committees with a view to ensuring coordination and consistency of approach between shared-cost actions and JRC activities in the same areas.

Before 31 March each year the Commission submits a report on implementation of the programme to the European Parliament and the Council. The programme will be evaluated by a panel of external experts set up by the Commission after consulting the board of governors.


Nuclear Fission - Safety
Record Number: 107 / Last updated on: 2014-03-05