NEA Mandates and Structures

Working Group on Inspection Practices (WGIP)

Chair(s): Julio CRESPO BRAVO, Spain
Secretary:  Christopher FONG
Vice-Chair(s): Alexandre LEBLANC, Canada
Member(s):All NEA member countries
Full participant(s): European Commission
Under the NEA Statute
Participant(s): India
Observer(s)(International Organisation): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
By agreement
Date of creation:12 November 1990
End of mandate:31 December 2020

Mandate (Document reference):

Mandate (Document extract):

Extract from document NEA/CNRA/R(2017)5


Regulation and monitoring of operating civilian nuclear facilities and activities is a fundamental duty of any nuclear regulatory body. Although a regulatory body has many methods available for the regulation and monitoring of operating civilian nuclear facilities and activities, inspection[1] remains the key mean of verification available. The conduct of inspections provides an essential and valuable source of information for a regulatory body’s integrated assessment and comprehensive safety oversight process. Inspection gives a regulatory body the ability to verify that licensees, during all the phases of the performance of their activities, operate the facility safely, that their activities fully comply with all applicable regulations and that safety is given the highest priority. Inspection also provides a basis for regulatory enforcement.


In this context, the mandate of the Working Group on Inspection Practices (WGIP) is to share experience and knowledge, both on technical and human aspects, from inspection practices and programmes for operating civilian nuclear facilities and activities.

In the field of nuclear safety, considering as appropriate and when relevant any interface with security, the WGIP aims to compare inspection practices and programmes as well as the organisation of regulatory bodies between its members in order to identify and promote commendable practices.

The WGIP will analyse and provide expert insights from inspection practices. It will discuss current and future issues. It will identify practical methods to help regulatory bodies advance the effectiveness and efficiency of their inspection practices and programmes, for all types of inspections, including vendors and construction inspections, with a purpose to improve the level of safety of operating civilian nuclear facilities and activities.


To further this mandate, the WGIP will identify and share:

Working methods

In terms of working methods, the WGIP will:


1. Inspection means any examination, observation, measurement or test to assess structures, systems, components, materials, operational activities, processes, procedures, and personnel and organisational competence.