The Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) is an international committee made up of senior representatives from regulatory bodies. It was created in 1989 to guide the NEA programme concerning the regulation, licensing and inspection of nuclear installations with regard to safety. The CNRA's main tasks are to:
Nuclear Events Web-based System (NEWS) – Nuclear events reporting system jointly managed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NEA and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO)
On 1 June 2022, the NEA Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) brought together the operational experiences of three guest speakers from the aviation, health and nuclear sectors. The speakers participated in a panel session that discussed lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Effective Nuclear Regulation and Safety Management in a Pandemic brochure highlights the lessons learnt related to ensuring business continuity during a health crisis and long-term risk management, as well as new initiatives to potentially build upon.
The Working Group in Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (WGPC) provides a forum for nuclear regulatory organisation communicators and outreach officers to exchange information, experience, and practices. It also aims to exchange views regarding the policies of nuclear regulatory organisations in the area of public communication and identify ways of promoting efficient collaboration between member-countries.
The CNRA believes in the importance of having a working group dedicated to safety culture. The Working Group on Safety Culture (WGSC) provides a senior level regulatory forum for exchanging information and experiences and engages in work to ensure that the safety culture of the regulatory body and wider interconnected system have a positive impact on safety.
The Working Group on the Regulation of New Reactors (WGRNR) examines the regulatory issues of the siting, licensing and regulatory oversight for all new commercial nuclear power reactors. The WGRNR focuses specifically on construction inspection issues and share this experience with the other groups working under the aegis of the CNRA.
The working group will be responsible for the programme of work in the CNRA regarding regulatory activities in the primary area of advanced reactors and associated installations. The term “advanced reactors” in the context of this working group refers primarily to non-light-water innovative reactor designs such as those proposed by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF), including small modular non-light-water reactors.