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Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management is an international agreement that was adopted in 1997. Since then, 83 member countries of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed the convention, including Austria.

The goal of the Joint Convention is to achieve a high global safety standard for facilities for the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. Precautions against potential hazards with radiological consequences must be established and maintained on a long-term basis.
By signing the convention, the contracting parties have to prepare a national report every three years. This national report describes the current status with regard to the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. It contains an outline of the legal basis in the given country, an inventory of spent fuel and radioactive waste, and safety measures for their storage and disposal. The countries’ national reports are presented and put up for discussion at a review meeting every three years.

The review meetings are held at the headquarter of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. The seventh review meeting is scheduled to take place from 24 May to 4 June 2021 but will probably be postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 situation.

The Joint Convention and the latest Austrian national report are available for download at the following links:

Austria 7th National Report (PDF, 1 MB)

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (PDF, 144 KB)

Information from the IAEA on the Joint Convention