The scope of work of WGIP is to examine regulatory inspection practices within the following context:
Inspection is any examination, observation, measurement, or test to assess structures, systems, components, materials, operational activities, processes, procedures, and personnel and organisational competence. Regulatory inspection is inspection by or on behalf of a regulatory body.
One important responsibility of a regulatory body is to verify by inspection that licensees operate safely, that their activities fully comply with all applicable regulations, and that safety is given the highest priority. Regulatory inspection must therefore be supplemented by reviews and by other regulatory controls to yield an integrated assessment of safety and provide a basis for enforcement, which is an essential part of the regulatory oversight process
The working group shall constitute an international forum for exchanging information and experience and with the agreement of CNRA will plan its work to ensure improvements in nuclear safety through more effective and efficient regulation.
To this end, the working group shall:
promote co-operation and learning to mutually enhance regulatory effectiveness and efficiency by reviewing the effectiveness of existing regulatory inspection practices, prepare reports and disseminate lessons learnt, and by sponsoring and holding international workshops on regulatory inspection practices;
consider what inspection and practices are appropriate to address the future regulatory challenges as identified by CNRA;
consider the lessons learnt from regulators and regulatory inspections and practices from operational experience.
Annually the WGIP will prepare a revised plan of work for the next two years for agreement by the CNRA.
The working group will closely interact with the Working Group on Operating Experience (WGOE), as the analysis of operating and inspection experiences are both highly important to the oversight of operational safety.
With CNRA's agreement the working group will collaborate with, and assist other NEA committees and other international regulatory organisations.