About NEWS




NEWS stands for Nuclear Events Web-based System and is an IAEA-supported communication channel on the Internet. The system is run by the IAEA and co-sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA) and World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

As a communications tool, NEWS is linked to INES, the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, used for rating of nuclear and radiological events according to their safety significance. NEWS provides authoritative information about nuclear or radiological events as reported to the system by participating INES National Officers worldwide. Over 90 designated INES National Officers at 74 countries are authorized to post reports and updates to NEWS.

NEWS covers significant events reported at nuclear power plants, research reactors and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, and involving radiation sources or the transport of radioactive material.

NEWS Caveats

The IAEA hosts and administers the system, but event reports are filed and updated by participating countries, which remain responsible for all related content. The information available include: event description, INES rating, related technical information and press releases.

NEWS is designed to serve as a communications channel, not a safety assessment tool. As such, it would be wrong and misleading to try to compare safety performance among its reporting countries. Statistically, the small number of events that are rated at INES Level 2 or higher make meaningful comparisons difficult.

Also important to keep in mind is that NEWS is not a channel used for signalling warnings or triggering response actions in nuclear or radiological emergencies. The IAEA and its global partners have other mechanisms in place to coordinate and communicate emergency response actions.

Further information

For further information about NEWS send a request by email to the NEWS Contact Point at the IAEA.

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