NEA Mandates and Structures

Working Group on the Safety of Advanced Reactors (WGSAR)

Chair(s): Amy CUBBAGE, United States
Secretary:  Marina DEMESHKO
Vice-Chair(s): Olivier BAUDRAND, France
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:04 June 2018
End of mandate:03 June 2021

Mandate (Document reference):

Mandate (Document extract):

Extract from document NEA/SEN/NRA(2018)4



In this context, the mandate of the WGSAR is to exchange information and experience from licensing and oversight of past and current nuclear facilities. The WGSAR will plan its work to ensure improvements in nuclear safety through appropriate regulation for advanced reactors and associated installations.

The WGSAR will provide regulatory perspectives through the issuance of technical reports containing discussions of areas in which additional or revised regulatory framework and licensing approaches, including safety research, may be needed to facilitate effective regulation of advanced reactors and to develop common understanding and approaches.

As part of its activities, the WGSAR will take into consideration the GIF safety design criteria and the development of the GIF safety design guidelines. It will provide its feedback to GIF to establish effective and independent interactions with industry at early stages of advanced reactors development.


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

Working methods

In terms of working methods, the WGSAR will: