The mandate of the Working Group on Operating Experience (WGOE) is to share experience and knowledge from operating experience. The WGOE performs analysis and provides expert insights from operating experience to reach timely conclusions on trends, lessons learnt and effective responses in the short term 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 implement this mandate the Working Group will:
Meet periodically to share among its members incident and event information covering trends, significant events, responses and measures taken, and lessons learnt including consideration of, as appropriate, technical, regulatory, and human aspects as well as the interface between safety and security.
Meet periodically to review the information from International Reporting System (IRS) and other databases.
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 operating experience, and effectiveness of preventive or corrective actions taken.
In terms of working methods, the Working Group will:
Constitute a forum of international experts from regulatory bodies and technical support organisations.
Organise, on a regular basis, meetings, workshops and conferences.
Report to the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and assist the Committee with its work. The WGOE programme of work will be approved by the CNRA.
Support and assist the Committee on Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) with its work.
Closely co-ordinate with and provide input to other NEA bodies, in particular the Working Group on Inspection Practices (WGIP).
Co-ordinate its work with other international organisations (e.g. IAEA, the European Commission, etc.) and international non-governmental organisations (e.g. WANO, etc.)