NEWMDB - The IAEA Nuclear Waste Management Database IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency


The Dashboard page is provided as a convenient way to keep track of your activities while working with NEWMDB, and also a location to browse news articles and the news archive.


The Reports page provides a multilayered browsing utility for accessing the waste management programme information for a given Member State. Reports are organized by country and by report year, and a PDF file version is always downloadable using the links on the right side of the page. Reports allows a users to browse through all of the structural information as well as the waste data for each specific site in the country. A special feature of the Reports page is the GeoSearch. This allows for browsing by location using maps of the world, regions, and specific countries. GeoSearch gives the relative locations of facilities and/or major waste management sites and provides a direct link to the information for them.


The Library page provides access to radioactive waste management related publications and uploads from Member States related to their respective radioactive waste management programmes. It also provides links and direct downloads of over 650 IAEA publications related to radioactive waste management, decommissioning, environmental remediation, and safety.

Data Centre

The Data Centre is the heart of NEWMDB data access. On this page, you can browse and download the worldwide waste arisings for all of the reporting Member States, in a format that is comparable. The vast majority of countries that deal with radioactive waste do so each in their own unique ways. Almost all such countries adhere to a baseline level of safety regulations and requirements, but the way that each defines and accounts for their wastes tend to vary. This makes intercomparison using the "native" waste classification schemes nearly impossible.

The NEWMDB solves this problem by translating Member State waste classes into the standard IAEA classes, namely Low & Intermediate Level - Short Lived Waste (LILW-SL), Low & Intermediate Level - long Lived Waste (LILW-LL), and High-Level Waste (HLW). By converting the reported data into standard IAEA classes, they can be summed, plotted, analyzed, and compared. For an explanation of how this is accomplished, see the "Overview" page, or click here


The Profiles page provides a quick overview of a country's waste data as reported in their native classification system. It also provides quick links to other relevant information, including web links to the main regulatory bodies, as well as contextually relevant data extracted from other IAEA databases, such as the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS), amoung others.

Getting started with NEWMDB

NEWMDB Version 3 provides easy access to information regarding radioactive waste management programmes for Member States of the IAEA. Information and data in the system are supplied by Member State representatives (Country Coordinators), who are officially recognized by their respective governments and are authorized to provide this information. (for more information, please see "About")

The website is divided into 5 main functional areas:

  • Dashboard
  • Reports
  • Library
  • Data Centre
  • Profiles

The webpages are set up to be easy to browse and to locate the information that you seek, and to allow easy downloading of that information for further offline analysis. Each major area is described below. See the "Main Help Pages" topics for detailed help using each of the main areas.