The IAEA and FORATOM expand their cooperation
The longstanding cooperation between the European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) and the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy has recently been extended to the areas of energy planning, human resources management, knowledge management and waste management. This broadened collaboration was formalized on Tuesday 20 March with the signing of a Practical Arrangement Agreement between FORATOM and the IAEA by J.P. Poncelet, Director General of FORATOM and Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy.
Representing 17 National Nuclear Associations, with, in total, almost 800 members from the European Nuclear Industry, FORATOM is a very important partner for the IAEA in the promotion and implementation of its Safety Standards and its Nuclear Energy Series documents. Feedback from the industry, made available through FORATOM, is essential for the continuous improvement of various types of IAEA publications. A Technical Meeting on stakeholder involvement, to be held in October, will be developed in close cooperation with FORATOM and similar activities in the other areas of human resources, knowledge management and waste management are planned.
The IAEA and FORATOM have a tradition of more than 30 years of close cooperation in the promotion of and providing guidance on the application of IAEA Safety Standards related to management systems. This cooperation dates back to 1981 when the Quality assurance Working Group (QWG) of FORATOM, which was formed in 1976, established strong links with the IAEA. Although the IAEA and FORATOM have cooperated in many important areas over the years, the work of the Quality assurance Working Group, now better known as the Management System Task Force, has been particularly notable. This Task Force has always been very active and counts with the participation of all important nuclear organizations in Europe, as well as that of many central and eastern European countries as observers. The work of the Task Force, which includes regularly organizing joint IAEA-FORATOM management system workshops, greatly contributed to increase the visibility of IAEA publications and guides on Quality Assurance and on Management Systems. This year, the 11th IAEA-FORATOM management system workshop will be held on 12-14 June in Stockholm.