Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials

Technical Working Group on Fuel Performance and Technology (TWGFPT)

Terms of Reference


The Technical Working Group on Fuel Performance and Technology (TWGFPT) is a group of experts to provide advice and support programme implementation, reflecting a global network of excellence and expertise in the area of nuclear power reactor fuel engineering.


The TWGFPT will focus its work on status and trends in nuclear power reactor fuel performance and technology. It will cover nuclear core materials research and development, fuel design, manufacturing and utilization, coolant chemistry, fuel performance analysis and quality assurance issues. It will give due recognition to all relevant aspects including safety, economy, management systems, nuclear science and NPP operations.


The functions of the TWGFPT are:

  1. To provide advice and guidance, and to marshal support in their countries for implementation of the Agency's programmatic activities in the areas covered by the above scope statement.

  2. To provide a forum for information and knowledge sharing on national and international programmes development in the areas covered by the above scope statement.

  3. To act as a link between the Agency's activities in the specific area and national scientific communities, delivering information from and to national communities.

  4. To provide advice on preparatory actions in Member States and the Agency's activities in planning and implementing coordinated research programmes, collaborative assessments and other activities as well as the review of the results in the areas covered by the above scope statement.

  5. To develop and/or review selected documents from the Nuclear Energy Series, assess existing gaps and advise on preparation of new ones, in the scope of their field of activity.

  6. To identify important topics for discussion at SAGNE and contribute to status reports, technical meetings and topical conferences in the fields covered by the above scope statement.

  7. To encourage participation of young professionals, as appropriate, in Agency activities.


Members of the TWGFPT shall be appointed by the Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy following consultation with the respective national authorities or organizations.

Members of the TWGFPT:

  • Shall be recognized experts in nuclear power reactor fuel engineering having extensive links with national technical communities
  • Are to serve for a standard length of four years
  • Shall participate in the Group in their personal capacity and shall provide as appropriate views on national policies and strategies in the technical field
  • May as appropriate bring experts to provide additional information and share experience in the meetings of the TWG

The total membership of the TWGFPT shall not exceed 25 members.

The Deputy Director General of the Department of Nuclear Energy may from time to time also co-opt additional members and/or invite observers from other Member States and international or regional organizations on an ad-hoc or continuing basis.


The Chairman of the TWGFPT shall be selected from the members of the TWG by the Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy.


Within available resources, the Deputy Director General will provide for administrative and secretariat services required by the TWGFTP, including meeting facilities, maintenance of records and distribution of documents. The IAEA shall provide the services of a scientific secretary. Support, when required, will be provided by managers/staff from NE, or other relevant departments.


Except as otherwise herein stated, the TWGFPT will determine its own methods of work, including preparation of its Agenda, establishment of special groups, keeping of records and other procedures, and report on its findings to SAGNE.

The activity of the TWGFTP between periodic meetings shall be coordinated by the Scientific Secretary taking into due consideration the relevant recommendations of the TWG and SAGNE.

Following each meeting the TWGFPT shall provide the Deputy Director General with a report on its achievements and recommendations. The report shall be also published on the WEB in a format and content agreeable to all members.

The Chairman of the TWG shall communicate to SAGNE recommendations for strategic development or other important topics to be discussed at SAGNE meetings.


The TWGFPT will meet at regular intervals but no more than once in a year with each meeting lasting up to five workings days. Extraordinary meetings may be called when required. Meetings will be conducted in English only.


The IAEA is not in a position to bear the travel and other costs of members to attend the TWGFPT meetings. All costs involved in the participation of each member, including travel and per diem expenses, shall in general be supported by the nominating Member State/organization. However, the IAEA may contribute to the cost of attendance of members from developing countries, if sufficient funds are available and if a significant contribution can be made to the meeting by the respective members.

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