The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) develops R&D plans to respond to new challenges in knowledge brought to light by the Council’s own experience, international experience and technological changes requiring new approaches. This way, the CSN ensures the application of the most advanced techniques in the performance of its functions.
R&D plans define strategic priorities (areas of knowledge in which new developments are needed) and leading lines of research (programmes) in those areas. Plans are developed with a four-year horizon in mind. For its development, the CSN promotes several projects, which are executed under its supervision by domestic and international organisations of great prestige.
By promoting this independent research , the CSN aims to gather additional knowledge about the technical aspects in areas of its competency to ensure that its safety standards are correct and well grounded, to keep its expertise updated, to place the CSN in a good position to address other nuclear safety arguments and, last of all, to enable the CSN to issue thoroughly informed decisions based on the best indicators of nuclear safety behaviour.