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This International Standard establishes requirements for the human-machine interface in the main control rooms of nuclear power plants. The standard also establishes requirements for the selection of functions, design consideration and organization of the human-machine interface and procedures which shall be used systematically to verify and validate the functional design. These requirements reflect the application of human factors engineering principles as they apply to the human-machine interface during normal and abnormal plant conditions. This standard does not cover special purpose or normally unattended control points, such as those provided for shutdown operations from outside the main control room or for radioactive waste handling, or emergency response facilities. Detailed equipment design is outside the scope of this standard. The primary purpose of this standard is to provide functional design requirements to be used in the design of the main control room of a nuclear power plant to meet operational and safety requirements. This standard also provides functional interface requirements which relate to control room staffing, operating procedures, and the training programmes which, together with the human-machine interface, constitute the control room system. This standard is intended for application to new control rooms whose conceptual design is initiated after the publication of this standard. If it is desired to apply it to an existing control room, special caution must be exercised so that the design basis is kept consistent.