The Programme Review Group is made up of senior experts with broad programmatic experience and high-level responsibilities in nuclear safety technology and research. Specifically, it is formed by one expert from each of the four countries with the largest nuclear safety research programmes (i.e., France, Germany, Japan and the USA), plus three experts from the other CSNI member countries chosen on a rotating basis every two years. Currently, these are Canada, Hungary and Korea.
The Programme Review Group assists the CSNI Bureau to review proposals from the working groups, to ensure that proposals and reports have appropriate focus and alignment with the CSNI-CNRA joint strategic plan (JSP), and to enable the review of major reports in order to ensure that they are of the highest quality.
The group assists the CSNI Bureau in establishing the CSNI Operating Plan (OP) and maintaining it up to date, reviewing the integrated plans of each working group, monitoring the progress of ongoing activities within the context of the integrated plans, and at the request of CSNI, reviewing new OECD-NEA joint international project proposals with regard to their technical content and work scope.
The Programme Review Group is to perform a programme quality review function within the CSNI and to provide scientific assistance to the decision-making process of CSNI. The PRG should also support the Bureau in preparing CSNI meetings and in proposing actions concerning the achievement of CSNI objectives, in the context of the Joint CNRA/CSNI Strategic Plan.
The main functions of the Programme Review Group are the following:
Assist the CSNI Bureau in establishing the CSNI Operating Plan (OP) and maintaining it up-to-date.
Review the Integrated Plan of each WG with respect to overall work-load and priorities.
Evaluate new activity proposals from the WGs: check consistency with the OP and the Integrated Plan, assess the resource and time requirements, and issue a recommendation to the CSNI.
At the request of CSNI, evaluate new OECD/NEA joint project proposals with regard to their technical content and their alignment with WG work scope.
At the request of CSNI, provide assistance to the Bureau for the work of the Committee and its working structures with respect to cross-cutting issues.
Monitor the progress of ongoing activities in the context of the Integrated Plan and recommend corrective actions as needed.
Review, and if necessary, make proposals for topics of Technical Opinion Papers and Collective Opinion Statements.
Review major CSNI reports (i.e., state-of-the-art reports and documents of similar significance) and provide guidance and advice on technical subjects to the CSNI.
Report on its activities and recommendations at each Committee meeting.
Programme of work
Monitor the progress made by the CSNI working groups in the execution of their programme of work;
Review results of working groups tasks and proposals for new activities; advise the CSNI accordingly;
Review the status of ongoing CSNI task group activities;
Assist CSNI in establishing and maintaining the CSNI Operating Plan (OP) and its technical goals;
At the request of CSNI, review and assess the technical content and scope of OECD-NEA joint international projects.