The Working Group in Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (WGPC), which was set up by the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) in 2001, provided a forum for nuclear regulatory organisation communicators and outreach officers to exchange information, experience, and practices. It also aimed to exchange views regarding the policies of nuclear regulatory organisations in the area of public communication and identified ways of promoting efficient collaboration between member countries.
Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, the need for Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (NROs) to enhance their communication abilities, not only during crises but also in their day-to-day activities, has been the focus of many discussions. An NRO’s basic objective of communication is to keep the public informed about the facts on nuclear safety and its own role in controlling their operation using radiation or radioactive substances. Consequently, proactive communications, both internally (NRO staff) and externally (target audiences) must be a priority. Regular communication with stakeholders and target audiences helps build trust and reduce the risk of misunderstanding fed by fear and rumor.
WGPC activities focused on:
The Expert Group on Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (EGPC) is responsible for supporting and advising the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) in carrying out its programme of work areas related to complex issues regarding public communication and stakeholder engagement to improve regulatory effectiveness and public understanding.