WPFC Expert Group on Fuel Recycling and Waste Technology (EGFRW)


Under the guidance of the Working Party on Scientific Issues of Advanced Fuel Cycles (WPFC), the Expert Group on Fuel Recycling and Waste Technology (EGFRW) focuses on the separation processes relevant to recycling technologies for spent nuclear fuel including reprocessing, waste treatment, recycling and reuse of spent fuel components but excluding long-term (dry/wet) spent fuel storage technologies.


The EGFRW performs technical assessments of separation processes in applications related to current and future nuclear fuel cycles and recommends collaborative international efforts to further process development and deployment.

The expert group provides scientific information to cover technical issues associated with:

  • Separation technologies, including processing issues for different nuclear fuels and fuel cycles comprising aqueous, pyrochemical and hybrid-combination scenarios.
  • Assessment of treating and managing residual wastes, emissions and effluents arising from the recycling processes (including reduction of waste from structural materials).
  • Updating information on the developments needed to meet the requirements for implementing long-term sustainable nuclear fuel cycles, including partitioning and transmutation.
  • Evaluation of (1) advanced head-end requirements for separating spent fuel components from new types of reactors, and (2) requirements for quality and forms of separated components that are needed for the fabrication of new types of recycled fuels.
  • Promotion of necessary R&D capabilities for separation, including facilities and modelling and simulation skills.
Publications and reports


  • 10th meeting (9-11 April 2024, NEA) - planned
  • 9th meeting (7-8 November 2023, remote)
  • 8th meeting (19-20 April 2023, NEA - hybrid)
  • 7th meeting (30 November - 1 December 2022, NEA - hybrid)
  • 6th meeting (22 June 2022, remote)
  • 5th meeting (22 February 2022, remote)
  • 4th meeting (28 October 2021, remote)
  • 3rd meeting (6 July 2021, remote)
  • 2nd meeting (22 April 2021, remote)
  • 1st meeting (21 January 2021, remote)

Members' working area

The EGFRW protected area is now hosted on MyNEA SharePoint

Please follow these steps to connect to SharePoint:

  • Enter your email address and your NEA password (password reminder).
  • Select ‘MyNEA Access Authentication Agent 3.1’.
  • You will receive an email with an additional access code. Enter the access code to log in to the page.

The MyNEA End User Guide is available online here: User's guide: myNEA


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