WANO and NEA enhance co-operation on safety

5 October 2017

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) have agreed to co-operate to further develop approaches, practices and methods to strengthen global nuclear safety.

The organisations signed a memorandum of understanding on 4 October, which sets out a “transparent framework” for cooperation in areas related to the safe operation of nuclear plants and the human aspects of nuclear safety.

The MOU will facilitate information exchange between the stakeholders in NEA member countries and nuclear operators, WANO and NEA said in a joint statement. It aims to enhance the common understanding of nuclear safety culture challenges and support efforts to improve nuclear safety worldwide.

"WANO and NEA share common goals regarding the safety and reliability of nuclear power," commented WANO chairman Jacques Régaldo. The two organisations are already working together in this area, and in 2018 they are planning to launch a series of country-specific discussions to explore the influence of national culture on the safety culture.

"Global nuclear safety is the responsibility of all stakeholders, including the public, governments, independent regulators and the industry,” commented William D. Magwood IV, director-general of the NEA. "Interactions with the global industry sector through WANO would increase opportunities for NEA committees to share best practices with, and recommendations to the industry.”

Photo: A ceremony was held on 4 October 2017 at the NEA Headquarters in the presence of WANO Chairman Jacques Régaldo and NEA Deputy Director-General and Chief Nuclear Officer Daniel Iracane (Credit: NEA)

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