Sweden ready for upcoming IAEA Artemis-review

The Swedish government has commissioned a review of how well Sweden lives up to international guidelines for the management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. The review will be carried out by an international team of experts coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In connection with this, the team will hold discussions with relevant Swedish actors and prepare a draft of its final review report during a visit to Sweden on 17-27 April.

In order to examine how well countries live up to international guidelines for the management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, the IAEA has created a peer review service known as the Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS). For the first time, an ARTEMIS review will now be carried out in Sweden. The Swedish government has commissioned the assignment from the IAEA against the background of the European Council Directive on spent fuel and radioactive waste, which stipulates that an international evaluation of the national framework must be carried out at least every ten years.

The basis for the review consists, among other things, of the main report SSM 2023:04 Kingdom of Sweden ARTEMIS Self-assessment Report 2023. The report summarizes the results of a self-assessment based on a questionnaire compiled by the IAEA. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has developed the report in collaboration with relevant Swedish actors, including the National Debt Office and a number of private actors (waste producers and other organizations) that are responsible for safe implementation of national system for spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.

The report has now been handed over to the IAEA and the international expert team has also been provided with a number of reference documents that describe aspects of the Swedish system in more detail. The collected information is the basis for the group's evaluation based on international standards and benchmarks.

For more information, please contact: Michael Egan, Project Manager at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, via the Authority's press service, tel. 08-799 40 20.