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