The Working Group in Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (WGPC), which was set up by the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) in 2001, 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.
Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, the need for Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (NROs) to enhance their communication abilities, not only during crises but also in their day-to-day activities, has been the focus of much discussion. An NRO’s basic objective of communication is to keep the public informed about the facts on nuclear safety and its own role in controlling their operation using radiation or radioactive substances. Consequently, proactive communications, both internally (NRO staff) and externally (target audiences) must be a priority. Regular communication with stakeholders and target audiences helps build trust and reduce the risk of misunderstanding fed by fear and rumor.
WGPC activities focus on: