The WNA WorkingGroups are forums through which the enterprises of the
global nuclear industry share information, conduct analysis,
prepare WNA Position Statements, and develop and implement
strategies to advance their collective interest in the safe and
expanding worldwide use of nuclear power.
Some Working Groups coordinate WNA representation in
international forums, others engage to share international
knowledge and strengthen industry capabilities in a wide range of
Each Working Group is chaired by an expert from the WNA
membership, and has a mentor from the WNA Board. The WNA
Secretariat provides administrative and technical support.
The Working Group activities cover a wide range of topics. For a
detailed description of WNA Working Group plans and activities,
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The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Plenary Session is a
forum for WNA Members to discuss developments in nuclear fuel and
The Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and
Licensing WG defines steps and mechanisms needed to
promote the industry goals of standardization in reactor design
requirements and harmonization of regulatory practice.
The Fuel Market Report Drafting Group produces
a biennial WNA Report that compiles data from WNA member companies,
national sources and international agencies to produce an
authoritative projection of the global fuel market. The use of WNA
member companies' insights and understanding of the nuclear fuel
cycle gives the report a unique credibility.
The Nuclear Law and Contracting WG addresses
crucial legal issues surrounding nuclear new-build and the start-up
of nuclear power operations in new nations.
The Capacity Optimization WG identifies
means by which nuclear plant operators worldwide can improve both
efficiency and performance.
The Industry Economics WG gathers and
analyses data essential to accurate assessment of industry
economics and project structuring, together with the associated
The Uranium Mining Standardization WG enables
companies to demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility by
strengthening and gaining better public recognition of industry
stewardship of uranium from mining to disposal.
The Security of the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle
WG provides a coherent industry response to diverse
proposals to "internationalize" sensitive aspects of the fuel cycle
and proposals to establish an international nuclear fuel bank.
The Radiological Protection WG enables the
nuclear industry to share its experience of radiation protection
practice and contribute with one voice to the international
development of rational radiological protection standards.
The Supply Chain WG seeks to facilitate
safe, timely and cost efficient construction and refurbishment of
nuclear power plants and develop common approaches to the quality
challenges facing suppliers to the nuclear power sector.
The Vendor Oversight and Control of Suppliers (VOCS) Task Force is part of the Supply Chain Working Group.The task force has been set up to
develop a concept for an industry-wide programme to strengthen the capability
of companies and organisations supplying the civil nuclear industry with goods
and services that meet its full quality requirements.
The Transport WG is a forum for suppliers,
utilities and transport specialists to discuss best practice, and
to address issues affecting the efficient international movement of
The Fuel Technology WG addresses growing
interest in "evolutionary" LWR and PHWR fuel technologies that
could be commercially deployed in the foreseeable future.
The Waste Management and Decommissioning WG
provides a forum for companies to share good practices in nuclear
facility decommissioning and promotes the availability of sound
waste management frameworks worldwide.
The Strategic Advisory Group is an
advisory body to the WNA Board seeking to identify challenges
facing the global nuclear industry, opportunities to advance its
position in international, regional and national policy arenas, and
ways to improve the public acceptance of nuclear