In this context, the mandate of the Working Group on Inspection Practices (WGIP) is to share experience and knowledge, both on technical and human aspects, from inspection practices and programmes for operating civilian nuclear facilities and activities.
In the field of nuclear safety, considering as appropriate and when relevant any interface with security, the WGIP aims to compare inspection practices and programmes as well as the organisation of regulatory bodies between its members in order to identify and promote commendable practices.
The WGIP will analyse and provide expert insights from inspection practices. It will discuss current and future issues. It will identify practical methods to help regulatory bodies advance the effectiveness and efficiency of their inspection practices and programmes, for all types of inspections, including vendors and construction inspections, with a purpose to improve the level of safety of operating civilian nuclear facilities and activities.
To further this mandate, the WGIP will identify and share:
information and experience related to inspections practices (e.g. planning, conducting, enforcement) and programmes, as well as to the organisation of regulatory bodies;
methods to evaluate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of inspections;
methods to assess and/or rate the safety significance of inspection findings and results;
methods to help regulatory bodies reinforce a risk-informed approach and the implementation of a graded approach in their inspection programmes.
In terms of working methods, the WGIP will:
Constitute a forum of regulatory body representatives to share information and experience on inspection practices and programmes as well as the organisation of regulatory bodies in order to highlight and document commendable practices.
Observe amongst its members the planning and conduct of inspections at civilian nuclear facilities, including, if relevant, relevant enforcement.
Organise, on a regular basis, meetings, workshops and conferences.
Report to and assist the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA), typically by providing reports and presentations on commendable practices, all the while considering what inspection practices are appropriate to address future regulatory challenges identified by the CNRA, paying special attention to individual and collective attitudes and behaviour, management, organisation and procedures.
Closely co-ordinate with and provide input to other relevant NEA bodies, in particular the Working Group on Operating Experience (WGOE).
Closely interact and coordinate activities with the Vendor Inspection Cooperation Working Group (VICWG) of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) to avoid potential duplication, in particular when observing inspections of vendors and construction.
Co-ordinate its work with other international organisations (e.g. IAEA and the European Commission).