WPEC Expert Group on the High Priority Request List (EGHPRL) for Nuclear Data


The concept of a nuclear data request list has a long history in applied nuclear science. The concept is that if requests from applied users of data are collected in a convenient location, it should provide a stimulus to measurers, modellers, and evaluators to undertake work that could lead to certain requests becoming satisfied. A revised High Priority Request List (HPRL) for nuclear data needed for applications has been in existence under the auspices of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) for several years. This list provides a point of reference for nuclear data stakeholders and developers and has led to many new initiatives in nuclear data measurement, evaluation and validation. Its effectiveness in stimulating new measurements, evaluations and verification actions required to meet the expressed needs is well established.

A standing expert group is essential to maintain the HPRL as a point of reference in nuclear data research and development. The expert group consists of at least three representatives from each data project: one from the data user, one from the evaluation and validation community and one from the experimental community. The expert group may have additional representatives from the IAEA Nuclear Data Section, as well as countries not represented in the above-mentioned projects.

The HPRL will reflect the actions undertaken by WPEC and will help guide future activities. The expert group will report to WPEC.


The expert group is responsible for managing the activities related to the High Priority Request List (HPRL) for Nuclear Data, in particular for guaranteeing that the entries are up-to-date and well-motivated by current interests in the field of nuclear energy and other nuclear applications. The expert group is also responsible for stimulating follow-up to the entries and collecting the feedback provided by any of the related activities that may further the resolution of a request. The expert group works mainly by electronic mail exchange. Physical meetings are held typically once a year.

The HPRL is organised as follows:

  1. The list consists of one list with truly high priority requests, a list with general requests and a list with special-purpose quantities divided into categories. This third list is an extension to the present list.
  2. Stringent criteria are applied for entries on the lists. These will be evaluated by the expert group that will make the final decision for adopting a request.
  3. A high priority request is justified by quantitative sensitivity studies (or the equivalent) and sufficiently documented.
  4. A general request is well motivated for a specific quantity on a specific nucleus and is documented, but lacks a detailed backing by a sensitivity analysis or an impact study.
  5. A special-purpose request in a well-defined category is of interest to a recognised important subfield of applied nuclear science for which it is essential to stimulate new activity. Such a request may not satisfy the criteria as in the case of points 3 and 4 above.

The request lists will be subjected to periodic review to monitor progress and determine whether each individual request should continue to be included in these lists.


  • a report on the status of all requests describing completed activities and outlook
  • an up-to-date online version of the High Priority Request List for Nuclear Data.
Related topics
  • Nuclear science
  • Nuclear data
  • HPRL lists

    Access to the High Priority Request List

    HPRL mailing list

    EG-HPRL (SG-C) mailing list (password protected | reminder)

    How to cite the HPRL

    • Plompen, A. et al., "The NEA High Priority Nuclear Data Request List for future needs", International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, Nice, France, 22-27 April 2007, June 2008, EDP Sciences, pp. 765-768, doi: doi.org/10.1051/ndata:07419.
    • Smith, D. et al., “The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Request List for Nuclear Data”, International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 26 September-1 October 2004, June 2005, AIP Conference Proceedings 769, pp. 545-548, 2005, doi: dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1945067.


    ENDF, USA Y. Danon (RPI), D. Smith (ANL)
    JEFF, NEA DB E. Dupont (CEA, France), A. Plompen (EC-JRC-Geel, Belgium), G. Rimpault (CEA, France)
    JENDL, Japan N. Iwamoto (JAEA), O. Iwamoto (JAEA), T. Iwasaki (Tohoku), A. Kimura (JAEA)
    BROND, Russia V. Koscheev (IPPE), V. Pronyaev (IPPE)
    CENDL, China Zhigang Ge (CIAE), Xichao Ruan (CIAE), Sun Weili (IAPCM), Haicheng Wu (CIAE)
    Korea Young-Ouk Lee (KAERI)
    Romania A. Negret (IFIN-HH)
    IAEA R. Capote, A. Koning, A. Trkov
    NEA M. Fleming

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