Sweden’s seventh national report on the implementation of the obligations of the Joint Convention

On the basis of a Government assignment, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), in collaboration with the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co (SKB), has produced the seventh report on Sweden’s implementation of the obligations of the Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management. On 27 October, Sweden officially submitted the report to the IAEA Secretariat.

Every third year, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is tasked by the Government to compile a report on the level of compliance of the Swedish Government, regulatory authorities, licensees and nuclear power plant owners in relation to their respective commitments under the Joint Convention. The report provides an overview of Sweden’s programme for management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste and the regulatory supervision of the nuclear industry.

In previous review meetings under the Joint Convention, Sweden has been recognised for its progress in the development of disposal solutions and concomitant development of the necessary safety case and regulatory processes.

“This year’s report reflects how Sweden is striving to strengthen its national programme through the proactive work on the part of the Government and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority to develop supervisory methods and the legal and regulatory framework applicable to the industry’s work, provisions for openness and stakeholder dialogue, as well as measures to secure long-term competence supply,” says Björn Dverstorp, Senior Adviser at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

Sweden’s seventh national report was submitted to the IAEA Secretariat on 27 October. All countries that have ratified the Joint Convention produce similar kinds of reports. This has launched the planning of the next phase of the Joint Convention work: reviewing reports from other countries and responding to questions about Sweden’s national report.

“The concluding review conference will be held in Vienna over a period of two weeks in May 2021, when Sweden and the other 82 contracting parties will present their respective national reports,” says Dverstorp.

For further information, please contact: Björn Dverstorp, Senior Adviser, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, via the Authority’s duty press officer on +46 8 799 40 20.