NEA Mandates and Structures


Chair(s): John W. HERCZEG, United States
Secretary:  Tatiana IVANOVA
Vice-Chair(s): Hamid AIT ABDERRAHIM, Belgium
Alain ZAETTA, France
Shigeaki OKAJIMA, Japan
Andreas PAUTZ, Switzerland
Member(s):All NEA member countries
Full participant(s): European Commission
Under the NEA Statute
Observer(s)(International Organisation): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
By agreement
Date of creation:01 October 1991
End of mandate:31 December 2022

Mandate (Document reference):

Mandate (Document extract):

Extract from document NEA/NE(2016)5


The general objective of the NEA in the field of nuclear science is to help member countries identify, collate, develop and disseminate the basic scientific and technical knowledge required to ensure the safe, reliable and economic operation of current and next-generation nuclear systems.

Research capability and technical expertise in basic disciplines, such as reactor physics, nuclear data, thermal hydraulics, neutronics, fuel behaviour, fuel cycle physics and chemistry, radiation physics and material science, are needed to develop nuclear programmes, and to maintain and enhance a high level of performance and safety. Advancing this body of knowledge is central to addressing issues of importance for the current generation of nuclear facilities, but is just as essential to the design, construction and operation of new reactors and fuel cycles. Future nuclear technologies will greatly benefit from the systematic accumulation of knowledge in these areas.

Fostering the active preservation, evaluation and development of this knowledge in an international framework and enhancing the dissemination of the scientific results are vital to the effective performance of nuclear activities. In addition, the shared analysis of this information and data in an international framework contributes to the identification of promising new technical options as well as to the building of a robust skills capability across the nuclear science community.

To achieve this objective, the Committee will:

The areas of activity will cover, but not be limited to:

In the fulfilment of its mandate, the Committee will interact with other standing technical committees of the Agency in matters of common interest and with other bodies within the Organisation, as well as with other international organisations, as appropriate.