The main objective of WGOE is to share experience and knowledge, analyse and provide expert insights from operating experience to reach timely conclusions on trends, lessons learnt and effective responses in the short to medium term, and to promote proposals for re-assessment of safety, additional research, new or revised regulatory inspection practices, improvements in managing operations and other actions to maintain and improve safety in the longer term.
In order to accomplish this objective the working group shall:
Meet periodically to share from their member states incident and event information covering trends, significant important events, responses and measures taken, and lessons learnt.
Meet periodically to review the information from the IRS and other data bases. Have oversight of the IAEA/NEA International Incident Reporting System (IRS) established for collection and dissemination of operating experience. The Working Group should also ensure the quality of the IRS reports and that the corrective actions are presented in such a manner that they allow others to consider whether similar measures should be implemented, thus facilitating CNRA to discuss and decide on respective actions.
Promote the development and sharing of improved techniques and methods for the collection, assimilation, review and analysis of incidents.
Provide expert insight and analysis capabilities to event and inspection experience, and effectiveness of actions taken.
Constitute a forum of experts for the analysis of operating experience from regulatory
authorities, technical support organisations and industry representatives.
Closely co-ordinate with and provide input to the Working Group on Inspection Practices (WGIP), as the analysis of operating experience and analysis of inspection experience are both of high importance for regulatory oversight of operational safety.
Report to the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and assist that Committee with its work. The programme of work of WGOE will be approved by CNRA. It shall also
sponsor specialist meetings and workshops to further its objectives.
Provide and receive regular reports to and from the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI), from which the CSNI may consider initiating specific tasks in existing working groups, establish new research programmes or provide input on the current state-of-theart. The Working Group shall collaborate with or assist the CSNI Working Groups and NEA Projects.
Coordinate its work with other NEA committees and international organisations (e.g., IAEA, EC, WANO, etc.).
Provide regular reports to the CNRA on trends, significant important events, responses and measures taken, lessons learnt nationally and internationally.