Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA)

Mandate

The Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) shall be responsible for NEA programmes and activities concerning the regulation, licensing and inspection of nuclear installations with regard to both technical and human aspects of nuclear safety. The Committee shall constitute a forum for the effective exchange of safety-relevant information and experience among regulatory organisations. To the extent appropriate, the Committee shall review developments which could affect regulatory requirements with the objective of providing members with an understanding of the motivation for new regulatory requirements under consideration and an opportunity to offer suggestions that might improve them and assist in the development of a common understanding among member countries. In particular it shall review regulatory aspects of current safety management strategies and safety management practices and operating experiences at nuclear facilities including, as appropriate, consideration of the interface between safety and security with a view to disseminating lessons learnt. In accordance with the NEA Strategic Plan for 2017-2022, the Committee shall promote co-operation among member countries to use the feedback from experience to develop measures to ensure high standards of safety, to further enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the regulatory process and to maintain adequate infrastructure and competence in the nuclear safety field.

The Committee shall promote transparency of nuclear safety work and open public communication. In accordance with the NEA Strategic Plan, the Committee shall oversee work to promote the development of effective and efficient regulation.

The Committee shall focus on safety issues and corresponding regulatory aspects for existing and new power reactors and other nuclear installations, and the regulatory implications of new designs and new technologies of power reactors and other types of nuclear installations consistent with the interests of the members. Furthermore it shall examine any other matters referred to it by the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy. The work of the Committee shall be collaborative with and supportive of, as appropriate, that of other international organisations for co-operation among regulators and consider, upon request, issues raised by these organisations. The Committee shall organise its own activities. It may sponsor specialist meetings, senior-level task groups and working groups to further its objectives.

In implementing its programme, the Committee shall establish co-operative mechanisms with the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations in order to work with that Committee on matters of common interest, avoiding unnecessary duplications. The Committee shall also co-operate with the Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health, the Radioactive Waste Management Committee, and other NEA committees and activities on matters of common interest.

Related links

CNRA overview

CNRA reports

CNRA working methods

CNRA members' area

Nuclear Safety Division overview

Last updated: 9 January 2017