Clearance and Exemption Working Group (CEWG)

About Us

The objective of the group is the achievement and documentation of consensus agreement amongst industry, regulators and wider stakeholders on what is good practice for clearance of materials under current UK legislation via the Industry Code of Practice (CoP).

  • Improved arrangements across industry and greater consistency in those arrangements.
  • Sharing of best practices and learning from others experiences (good and bad)
  • Development of a National Code of Practice
  • Source of authoritative advice and guidance
  • Focal point for influence of, and expert response to, new legislation development and consultation
  • Built trust with regulators and improved engagement
  • Dramatic savings in waste disposal cost where waste would have otherwise been wrongly disposed to the Low Level Waste Repository.

Programme of Work

Future Programme

To revise and update the Clearance and Radiological Sentencing: Principles, Processes and Practices for use by the Nuclear Industry NICOP in line with BSSD implementation.

Update information available on the CEWG page of the website.

Develop process for undertaking peer assists and to support member organisations by undertaking peer assists.

Recent activity

The aim of the group is to develop & maintain a consistent approach to the clearance and exemption of radioactive wastes and materials across the nuclear industry.

Recent meetings have been focussed on the interpretation of the latest EU BSSD and its implementation into UK legislation. Good dialogue between members has also been achieved out of committee.

Meetings also provide an opportunity for members to share experiences and comments on regulatory matters of interest.

Key Achievements

Engagement with Public Health England (PHE) who attended the last CEWG meeting to explain their role in supporting DECC and highlight the role that the group could play by providing information on the impact of adopting the default radionuclide concentrations in the EU BSSD. This improved PHE’s understanding of specific issues posed by the
BSSD. A number  of CEWG member organisation provided information to PHE that was used to inform a PHE paper commissioned by DECC.

Separately the CEWG also used this information to develop an industry position on the likely impact of adopting the BSSD. This highlighted the significant financial and resource implications and provided a justified argument for retaining the current values for nuclides of interest to the industry, notably Cs-137 and C-14. This paper was provided to DECC for consideration. It is understood that its conclusions have been accepted in principle.

Key Challenges

To maintain dialogue with DECC and so influence implementation of the EU BSSD un the UK.

To engage with the UK environmental regulators with the aim of assisting with developing industry guidance for regulations revised in response to the EU BSSD.

To further develop consistency in clearance and exemption practices across the industry as the nuclear industry develops, including new build. To encourage proportionate regulation.

More Information

Useful Documents:

 Clearance and Radiological Sentencing: Principles, Process and Practices - Issue 2.01 May 2017 [3MB]

Links to other sites:

Clearance and Exemptions Website - now closed

There is an overlap of membership of the CEWG with the Ionising Radiation Protection Co-ordination Group which links the industry approach to compliance with EPR10/RSA93 and IRR99.

Contact Us:

For more information regarding this group please contact the Secretary:

  • Robin Wells, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, Chair
  • David Tattam, GE Healthcare, Deputy Chair
  • Victoria Talbot, Secretary - talbotvc@westinghouse.com
  • Kevin Dodd, Studsvik, Sponsor