The national nuclear safety regulation commands that the safety, reliability and economy of the NPP must be considered in design and operation stage. In order to reach the goal, the paper firstly introduces how to use the RCM technique to make preventive maintenance programs to ensure the safety and reliability of the NPP which is in service or under construction, and then elaborates how to take the RCM technique into design in the early phase, to promote the safety and reliability of the NPP. It has been considered that RCM technique shows a positive role in the whole process, not only improving the maintenance manage level, but also the safety and reliability at the design stage.

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