The paper describes the general approach followed by AFCEN, the French Society for Codified Rules for Design, Construction and In-Service Inspection of Nuclear Island Components, from the technical and organizational points of view. The RCC-M code, reissued in 2012 and modified with addenda in 2013 2014, and 2015 is presented. The main new topics of activity of the RCC-M Subcommittee are considered: conformity with regulation(s), use of International Standards, equivalence with other codes and harmonization, and latest publication for the quality management system.
The paper highlights how industrial experience is currently being integrated into the RCC-M code, and how the code is evolving to take into account the enlargement of the AFCEN Membership, new AFCEN organization rules, and the international environment, and best practices. The processes for dealing with requests for modifications and interpretations are described.