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WANO grants INPO equivalency for corporate peer reviews

​The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has granted equivalency to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in the performance of corporate peer reviews.
LONDON
01/02/2016
The WANO Governing Board, which met in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week, deemed INPO to have met and in some cases, exceeded the standards required for its reviews to be considered equivalent to those carried out by WANO.

The two organisations have been working together since 2015 to ensure INPO’s processes for carrying out corporate reviews align with the principles outlined in WANO Policy Document 8: Equivalency, and the WANO Programme Guideline WPG07 – WANO Corporate Peer Reviews. Following a series of observations of reviews carried out by INPO during 2015 and 2016, it was deemed that there was sufficient alignment between the two organisations for WANO to grant equivalency and to allow equivalency of INPO reports to be backdated to 2012. 

WANO embarked upon the assessment of other organisations’ reviews as equivalent to its own following the recommendations of the WANO Post-Fukushima Commission of 2011. The Commission recommended the frequency of peer reviews to be increased, from six years to four years, and with a follow-up review at the two-year point. It also required WANO to carry out a corporate peer review of all its member companies within six years, by the end of 2017.

WANO Chief Executive Officer, Peter Prozesky, said: “It is great news that WANO’s members, via the Governing Board, have approved INPO equivalency for corporate peer reviews. I very much hope that we can continue to cooperate with INPO and other organisations within the industry, to enable us as a community to enhance safety while avoiding duplication of our activities.”

Notes to editors
1. WANO is a not for profit member association established in 1989 by the world's nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience amongst organisations operating commercial nuclear power reactors. WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries and areas around the world.

WANO works with members in pursuit of its mission: to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practices. For more information on WANO, visit www.wano.info.

2. For any enquiries please contact Claire Newell, Communications Programme Director, at claire.newell@wano.org or on +44 (0)7826 539 559.