OECD/NEA to co-host G8-G20 meeting on nuclear safety
The OECD/NEA will co-host a G8-G20 meeting on nuclear energy issues on 7 June as part of international efforts to learn from the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and to help prevent similar disasters in the future. Co-organised with the French Presidency of the G8-G20, the meeting will be held in conjunction with the NEA Forum on the Fukushima Accident: Insights and Approaches which will take place at the OECD Conference Centre the next day. Click here for more information.
Governments and industry must change practices to ensure security of supply of medical radioisotopes
On 28 April, the OECD/NEA Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy adopted a statement calling on governments and industry to work together to implement fundamental changes in the molybdenum-99 supply chain to ensure long-term reliability of supply. The committee formally endorsed a policy approach to restructure aspects of the market that are currently functioning unsustainably and to promote an internationally consistent approach to ensure the long-term, secure supply of medical radioisotopes. Disruptions in the global supply chain over the past two years have had significant impacts on patients, who have had important diagnostic tests cancelled or delayed. Read the full statement here.
Biannual meeting of the OECD/NEA Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy
On 28-29 April, the OECD/NEA Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy discussed the main issues facing the Agency and decided on forthcoming activities and approaches to be adopted in line with budget constraints. After hearing about the latest IAEA activities from IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano, the Committee discussed inter alia the NEA programme of work, in particular in relation to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident in Japan, the request by Slovenia to join the NEA and its Data Bank, new joint projects in the nuclear safety area and small- and medium-sized reactors. Read more here.