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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) offers Member States numerous expert review services related to the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Building on many years of experience in conducting peer reviews in the field of radioactive waste management, the IAEA has developed an integrated review service for radioactive waste and spent fuel management, decommissioning and remediation programmes, referred to as ARTEMIS.
ARTEMIS reviews cover:
• radioactive waste and spent fuel management,• control of radionuclide discharges to the environment,• decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and,• remediation of sites contaminated by radioactive materials.
ARTEMIS reviews vary according to the needs of the requesting organization or facility and may focus broadly on national frameworks and regulatory systems, or particular aspects of national programmes, infrastructure and facilities. They may also involve detailed assessments and technical advice on the implementation of specific programmes and project activities.
Upon receipt of an official Member State request for an ARTEMIS review, terms of reference, defining the focus and scope of the review, are developed by the IAEA in co-operation with the Member State counterpart. An international team of experts is convened by the IAEA, who also manages the independent review process. Although the IAEA provides a framework and guides the ARTEMIS review to ensure consistency with its standards and internationally recognized good practices, findings and recommendations are based on the views of the ARTEMIS' team of experts.