Regulators' Forum

Overview

The Regulators' Forum is made up of regulators who participate in the work of the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC).

The RWMC Regulators’ Forum (RWMC RF):

  • facilitates multilateral communication and information exchange between RWMC regulators and promotes a frank interchange in open dialogue among peers;
  • defines and addresses future regulatory challenges and issues in the area of waste management and disposal, including decommissioning and dismantling;
  • promotes discussion and exchange with other groups involved in regulatory affairs, both within and outside the NEA. The emphasis is on two-way exchanges to benefit from related experience;
  • takes the initiative within the RWMC in the area of regulation and licensing.

Communication takes place through i) a one-day meeting prior to RWMC plenary sessions; ii) an electronic bulletin board reserved for forum members.

The regulatory control of radioactive waste management in NEA member countries

In this report, The Regulatory Control of Radioactive Waste Management: Overview of 15 NEA Member Countries, information about the regulatory control of radioactive waste management in NEA member countries, with an emphasis on waste disposal, is presented. Information is provided for 15 NEA member countries against a standard template designed by the RWMC RF to facilitate easy access to specific aspects and allow comparison between different countries. The report includes information about national policies for radioactive waste management, institutional frameworks, legislative and regulatory frameworks, available guidance, classification and sources of waste, the status of waste management, current issues and related R&D programmes. It should provide an important source of reference for all stakeholders interested in learning about international practices in the field of radioactive waste management.

The national fact sheets on regulatory frameworks are updated yearly and can be viewed individually at www.oecd-nea.org/rwm/rf/.

Additional information, including information on decommissioning, can be found at this link . National regulatory positions on the release of materials and sites from regulatory control are documented in the NEA document Removal of Regulatory Controls for Materials and Sites - National Regulatory Positions.

Regulator's Forum flyer (pdf 453 kB)

Publications and reports

Releasing the sites of nuclear installations

Main Findings from the 1st Regulators’ Forum Workshop, Tokyo, 20-22 January 2009
[NEA/RWM/RF(2009)1]

Main Findings and Summary of Answers from the Regulators’ Forum Questionnaire on Regulation for Geologic Disposal [NEA/RWM/RF(2008)6]

Regulating the Long-term Safety of Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste: Practical Issues and Challenges (2008)
Workshop Proceedings, Paris, France, 28-30 November 2006

Regulating the Long-term Safety of Geological Disposal Réglementation de la sûreté à long terme du stockage géologique : Vers une compréhension commune des objectifs principaux ainsi que des fondements des critères de sûreté (2007)
Towards a Common Understanding of the Main Objectives and the Bases of Safety Criteria

The Regulatory Function and Radioactive Waste Management: International Overview La fonction réglementaire et la gestion des déchets radioactifs : Panorama international (2005)

The Regulatory Control of Radioactive Waste Management (2004)
Overview of 15 NEA Member Countries

Removal of Regulatory Controls for Materials and Sites (2004)
National Regulatory Positions - NEA/RWM/RF(2004)6

The Regulator's Evolving Role and Image in Radioactive Waste Management (2003)
Lessons Learnt within the NEA Forum on Stakeholder Confidence

Future Human Actions at Disposal Sites (1995)
A Report of the NEA Working Group on Assessment of Future Human Actions at Radioactive Waste Disposal Sites (pdf, 4.9 Mb)

Related links

National decommissioning fact sheets

Radioactive Waste Management Committee

Regulatory Infrastructure in the Field of Disposal in NEA Member Countries
This document summarises the relevant regulatory information as of December 2009. The Regulatory Function and Radioactive Waste Management: International Overview (NEA No. 6041, Paris, 2005) is the report for which this information was first collected and commented upon. The publication remains valid for the considerations it provides.

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Last reviewed: 6 March 2014