Link Between Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) and Stakeholder Confidence: Use of Analogues for Confidence Building

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As part of its programme of work, the OECD/NEA Forum on Stakeholder Confidence continues to investigate the theme of “Link Between RD&D and Stakeholder Confidence”. A topical session was held on 4 June 2008 on the use of analogues to help understand and to build confidence in radioactive waste management approaches and safety cases. Case studies were presented from Finland, Spain and Switzerland and from joint international endeavours (EC projects NANET and PAMINA). These presentations gave a panorama of how natural analogues have been used by technologists, implementers and regulators, in examining the safety case and in communicating with the public about safety. The summary overview offers definitions and recommendations as well as some novel perspectives in this area.