A crucial aspect of radioactive waste management (RWM) as well as decommissioning and legacy management is societal and includes developing general community confidence and acceptance of RWM solutions. The decision-making process for RWM, as well as for decommissioning and legacy management, is couched in a socio-political context, in which issues of public concern and stakeholder engagement must be addressed. This especially comes into play when considering final disposal and deep geological repositories. Management of conflict that arises surrounding public confidence, informed consent and agreement with technically supported strategies is also related to effective information, data and knowledge management.
Decisions related to implementing radioactive waste management (RWM) solutions typically require thorough public examination and the involvement of many stakeholders. Increasing stakeholder confidence is a key to successful realisation of long-term radioactive waste management, and/or developing final repositories.
The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was established by the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) in the year 2000 to foster learning about stakeholder dialogue and ways to develop shared confidence, informed consent and acceptance of radioactive waste RWM solutions.
A "stakeholder" is defined as anyone with a role to play or an interest in the process of deciding about RW management. The FSC provides a setting for direct stakeholder exchange in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning.
The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was established by the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) in 2000 and serves as a platform for understanding stakeholder dialogue and discussing methods to develop shared confidence, informed consent and approval of radioactive waste (RW) management solutions. The FSC also supports the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) as of 2019. A stakeholder is defined as any actor – institution, group or individual – with an interest or a role to play in the radioactive waste management process. The FSC provides a setting for direct stakeholder exchange in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning.
The main mission of the Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF) is to improve the understanding and technical basis for treating human and organisational factors within the nuclear industry in order to support the continued safety performance of nuclear installations, and improve the effectiveness of regulatory practices, in NEA member countries.