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The 'Clearinghouse' objectives

The overall objectives of the European Network on Operational Experience Feedback for Nuclear Power Plants are to facilitate efficient sharing and implementation of operational experience feedback to improve the safety of Nuclear Power Plants, in particular: 

  1. Improvement of NPP safet through strengthening co-operation between licensees, regulatory authorities and their Technical Support Organisations staff to collect, communicate, and evaluate reactor operational events information and apply systematically and in a consistent manner lessons learnt throughout European countries participating in the project. 
  2. Establishment of European best-practice for assessment of NPP operational events, through the use of state-of-the-art methods, computer aided assessment tools and information gathered from different national and international sources, such as EU National Regulatory Authorities event reporting systems, Incident Reporting System (IRS) jointly operated by IAEA and OECD/NEA, etc.

Do you know the 'Clearinghouse' tasks?

  1. Fostering the collection of operating experience from European nuclear regulators or operators, assessing the potential value of lessons learned, and ensuring that events relevant for the global OEF are reported systematically and in consistent manner to the IRS system operated by NEA/IAEA.
  2. Screening of important operational events and keeping timely contacts with the authors of the reports as needed to improve the clarity and usefulness of the reported information.
  3. Providing support to the original authors in categorizations of the European IRS reports (following the advise given in the IRS guidelines) to ensure consistent categorization and reduce the burden to the authors.

Meet the people who is working at the 'Clearinghouse'

The EU OEF Clearinghouse is directed by a Steering Committee, composed by the representatives of European Safety Authorities that have the status of member or observer, from countries participating in the European Network on Operational Experience Feedback for Nuclear Power Plants, and by European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC JRC).

The Steering Committee is supported by the Technical Board, composed by representatives of the European Safety Authorities that have either the status of member or observer, from countries participating to the European Network on Operational Experience Feedback for Nuclear Power Plants, European Technical Support Organisations, representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD, European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC JRC), European Commission's Directorate General for Energy  (EC ENER), industrial companies, and invited nuclear safety authorities or other organizations as decided by the Steering Committee.

The execution of the tasks directed by the Steering Committee is co-ordinated and performed by the EU Clearinghouse Centralized Office, hosted in the European Commission Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy, in Petten. The Centralized Office consists in a core group of permanent staff complemented ad-hoc by list of experts on specific topics, Detached National Experts and Visiting Scientists, in cooperation with EU Technical Support Organizations on specific technical topics.

The Centralized Office also provides a Manager and a Secretariat, who are responsible for the technical coordination of the work, and the administrative tasks, respectively.

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