Dry storage containers. Photo: Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Canada.
The Regulators' Forum (RF) is made up of regulators who participate in the work of the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) and the NEA Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM). The NEA’s Strategic Plan provides a supporting framework for initiatives in regulating radioactive waste management, decommissioning and legacy management activities. In accordance with the NEA Strategic Plan, the RF will help to address common regulatory issues of NEA member countries in the above-mentioned fields.
The mandate of the RF is to:
- facilitate multilateral communication and information exchange among RWMC and CDLM regulators and to promote a frank interchange in open dialogue among peers and inform stakeholders
- define and address future regulatory challenges and issues in the area of waste generation, waste management and disposal, including decommissioning and legacy management-related issues
- promote discussion and exchange with other groups involved with regulators both within the NEA (e.g. the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA), Nuclear Law Committee (NLC) and Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH)) and outside the NEA (e.g. the International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Commission and the International Commission on Radiological Protection and other international organisations). Emphasis is placed on two-way exchange to benefit from related experience
- take initiative within the RWMC and CDLM in the area of regulation and licensing. This includes promoting discussions within the RWMC and/or CDLM, proposing specific products to be developed, recommending relevant initiatives by other RWMC and CDLM subsidiary bodies and preparing concerted initiatives by the RWMC, CDLM and other NEA committees.