Call for Greater Transparency

The CNSC makes recommendations at 6th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety

April 4, 2014

As the 6th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety finishes this week in Vienna, the CNSC would like to take this opportunity to call for greater transparency in nuclear safety at the international level.

During his presentation of Canada's national report last week, Ramzi Jammal, the CNSC's Executive Vice-President, made recommendations to Mr. André-Claude Lacoste, President of the CNS, and the 76 contracting parties (PDF).

Mr. Jammal recommended to Mr. Lacoste to name contracting parties that do not comply with their obligations under the CNS.

He also called for the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) to report non-responsive operators to their national regulators.

In addition, he also urged contracting parties to make public reports of the peer review missions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as the actions taken to respond to recommendations and suggestions.

"We lead by example in promoting nuclear safety worldwide, by being open and transparent and making public both our national report and the responses to questions raised from peer review, in advance of the meeting," says Mr. Jammal.

Since the Fukushima accident, the CNSC has established a comprehensive action plan to ensure that lessons learned from the event are applied in Canada to enhance the safety of nuclear facilities.

Significant progress has been made in implementing this plan.

Canada's response to Fukushima was subject early on to international scrutiny through a formal peer review conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the request of the CNSC.

"We were, in fact, the first country in the world to request such review and we have since addressed all suggestions made by the IAEA's experts," shares Mr. Jammal.

The CNSC also sees the need for a champion to be responsible for overseeing nuclear safety at the international level.

The IAEA has been playing this role effectively for issues related to security and safeguards, and should continue to strengthen its safety oversight.