Origins of NEWMDB

Recognizing that international cooperation plays an important role in developing and implementing national radioactive waste management programmes, the IAEA began collecting and publishing radioactive waste management data in 1991.

That year, the Agency launched the Waste Management Database, which comprised data collected from Member States through surveys sent out on paper or floppy disks. The result was published every three years in a printed report.

Going online

The NEWMDB, the Net Enabled Waste Management Database, represents the evolution of the Waste Management Database in the digital age. The first NEWMDB data collection cycle took place in March 2002 (for data from 2000), with subsequent collections being conducted every year since 2003.

Version 1 of the database was released in 2001, followed by version 2 in 2004. More than 30 Member States contributed to the development of both versions through review meetings and workshops. To limit the burden on Member States, changes to the scope and nature of the collected data were kept as minimal as feasible. The most significant changes from version 1 to version 2 resulted in an improved workflow and an easier handling of the interface. 

As of 2004, the NEWMDB provided separate work spaces for the public and for authorized users (Member States officials). The publicly accessible space allowed for viewing of non-restricted reports and data but still required registration as a Public User.

Latest upgrade

The current version - version 3 - was designed to make accessing NEWMDB data as easy as possible for the public, experts and Member State representatives. Information delivering additional context was added, as were graphics and links to related IAEA databases, such as the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS), and the Database on Discharges of Radioanuclidesto the Atmosphere and Aquatic Environment (DIRATA).

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