Working Group on Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (WGPC)
Programme of work
The current task of the group for 2011-2013 are the development of guidelines on best practices for the communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisation (NRO), based on the experience of Member countries, on the following topics:
Crisis Communication, in order to advise NRO on communication about an event of low safety significance but of high media impact ant to expand the guidance developed about “abnormal situations” to emergency situations.
NRO use of Internet and of new Information Technologies (e.g. Social Media) for interacting with the general public
NRO communication plans & routine communication (for better structuring NRO public communication along with main NRO challenges and main “target groups”)
The main task of the group for 2009-2010 was the development of guidelines on best practices for the communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisation (NRO), based on the experience of Member countries, on the following topics:
Transparency, including advising on the balance between openness and necessary confidentiality restrictions, in order to promote public confidence and consistency of practice across Regulators;
Information of local public, in order to develop relationship between NRO and the local public about the status of nuclear and radiation safety;
Surveying public perception, in order to more accurately take account of public attitudes in the regulatory processes;
share practices in communicating to the public about regulatory activities and how to increase transparency about regulatory activities;
share experiences of how practices of increased transparency have impacted upon the regulator.
The main task of the group in 2005-2006 was the development of two WGPC Reports aimed at gathering in a short document current regulatory body practices regarding communication to the public in two areas: