The organisations, structures and processes of regulatory authorities have evolved over the past 50 or so years. Major changes have taken place following events such as Three Mile Island and Chernobyl and more recent events will provide the impetus for further reviews and changes. An event is not the only factor that impacts the regulatory authority, changes in economic factors, deregulation, technological advances, etc., also can lead to changes. As the nuclear industry enters the second half of its first century, it begins to face another issue, maintaining or retaining knowledge. This issue faces not only national authorities but international organisations. Many workshops and conferences have been held in recent years to determine a common understanding toward this issue. The CNRA has held its own workshop and has had several discussions focused on knowledge management topics.
Recognising that this is also a concern of its own work, the CNRA, upon the proposal of the Secretariat endorsed this report, CNRA Historical Perspective. Accordingly, one of the main objectives of this report as stated in the introduction is to serve as a ‘corporate memory’ and provide reference to both current and new CNRA members.