Reportable events and information
The Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nucleaar Safety (BMU) to produce information notices on events with potential safety implications at nuclear power plants in Germany and abroad. The purpose of these information notices is to learn from the operational experience gained at individual nuclear facilities, thus enabling safety to be improved at other sites. Information notices feature a detailed account of the event, findings derived from the root cause analysis, an assessment of safety implications, any measures already implemented or planned by the operator, and most importantly, an assessment of transferability to other nuclear power plants, recommendations concerning reviews and corrective measures for other nuclear power plants where necessary. GRS forwards these notices on behalf of the BMU to the nuclear supervisory authorities in the Länder, expert organisations, operators, manufacturers and other bodies.
In response to every information notice, the operators submit a statement to the appropriate nuclear regulator specifically addressing the implementation of any recommendations made. The relevant supervisory authorities in the Länder monitor the implementation of these recommendations and report to the BMU. GRS analyses the feedback of experience gained with information notices.
Further details of information notices and how they are drafted are available on the GRS website.