The NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) created in 1975 is an international committee which consists of senior representatives from regulatory authorities, radioactive waste management and decommissioning organisations, policymaking bodies and research-and-development institutions from the NEA countries. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) participates in the work of the RWMC, and the European Commission (EC) is a full member of the Committee.
The RWMC supports members in the development of safe and economically efficient management of all types of radioactive waste including spent fuel considered as radioactive waste based on the latest scientific and technological knowledge.
It provides a neutral forum where policymakers, regulators and implementing organisations can discuss issues of common interest, and develop best practices and feasible solutions that meet the diverse needs of its participants.
The regulator members of the RWMC also participate in a separate Regulators' Forum (RF) through which they discuss specific topics of regulatory issues in managing radioactive waste and decommissioning. From 2019, the RF will support both the RWMC and the CDLM to undertake regulatory challenges in radioactive waste management and nuclear decommissioning and legacy management.
In achieving its objectives, the RWMC is assisted by three main working parties, their sub-groups and other expert groups:
* Note: Starting in 2019, the FSC will support both the RWMC and the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) on the societal issues of radioactive waste management, decommissioning and legacy management.
(RWMC activities related to FSC)