In forming the new committee, the NEA will convene a balanced composition of policy developers and experts representing regulatory bodies and implementers, in order to facilitate comprehensive exchanges of experiences and best practices in the field of nuclear decommissioning and legacy management. Accordingly, the committee delegates will share their national expertise in decommissioning planning and strategies selection, as well as lessons learnt in managing decommissioning challenges.
In fulfilling its mandate, the CDLM will be primarily supported by the staff of the NEA Division of Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning. The committee will co-operate with other NEA standing technical committees, in particular, the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC), the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) and their relevant working groups. The committee will also co-operate with the NEA Co-operative Programme for the Exchange of Scientific and Technical Information Concerning Nuclear Installation Decommissioning Projects (CPD) as necessary with other NEA programmes, its counterparts in the European Commission (EC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international organisations on matters of common interest. To ensure efficient collaboration, co-ordination and exchange of information, the co-ordination between this new standing technical committee and other NEA committees and/or their sub-groups could be provided through joint sessions at the annual meetings and/or joint bureau meetings of the involved committees.
The committee may set up subsidiary bodies to facilitate the achievement of its goals, invite experts in other fields to attend its meetings and sponsor meetings of specialists. In designing its work programme and activities, the committee will establish co-operative mechanisms with its counterparts to address cross-cutting issues and to avoid unnecessary duplications of work of other committees or organisations.