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Welcome to the IAEA International Network on Spent Fuel Management - SFM

The spent fuel management (SFM) network is a forum for the sharing of practical experience and international developments on spent fuel management.

Its main objectives are to facilitate the efficient exchange of information, communication and cooperation amongst professionals working in the back end of the fuel cycle – from its removal   from a reactor core to its final disposition (i.e. SNF wet and dry storage, transportation, handling and retrieval, reprocessing and recycling, economics of the back-end of nuclear fuel cycle, damaged SNF management, stakeholder involvement, communication issues, etc.)

The establishment of the SFM Net is aimed at fostering safe, sustainable and efficient spent nuclear fuel management practices across all IAEA Member States.

For further information or questions please

Behaviour of Spent Power Reactor Fuel during StorageIAEA-TECDOC-1862 tab
TECDOC-1771 (2015)
Spent Fuel Performance Assessment and Research tab
TECDOC-1774 (2015)
Potential Interface Issues in Spent Fuel Management tab
STI/PUB/1661 (2015)
Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors tab
STI/PUB/1665 (2015)
Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios (FR13) tab
TECDOC-1725 (2013)
Spent Fuel Storage Operation-Lessons Learned tab
STI/PUB/1503 (2012)
Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel tab

     Events​ 2019
  • Technical Meeting on Technical and Operational Issues Related to the Transportation of High Burnup and Irradiated Mixed Oxide Fuels and the Transportability of Long-Term Stored Spent Fuel (24-26 September 2019, IAEA, Austria)
  • Technical Meeting on Cost Estimation Methodologies for Spent Fuel Management (21-24 October 2019, IAEA, Austria)
  • Technical Meeting on Spent Fuel Characterization (12-14 November 2019, IAEA, Austria)
  • Technical Meeting on Strategies and Opportunities for Spent Fuel Management in the Longer Timeframe (03-05 December 2019, IAEA, Austria)
  • Second Research Coordination Meeting on Ageing Management Programmes for Spent Fuel Dry Storage Systems (29 April – 03 May 2019, Chicago, USA)
  • Third Research Coordination Meeting on Spent Fuel Performance Assessment and Research (07-11 October 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina) 

 International Organizations



 Current Highlights

New IAEA publication: Behaviour of Spent Power Reactor Fuel during Storage available here

Proceedings of FR17 Conference available here.

New IAEA e-Learning on Spent Fuel Management available on the IAEA on-Line Learning Platform