It was formed in 1989, following the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl (Ukraine), which was blamed on faulty design, wrong use of procedures and poor management control. As public confidence in the nuclear industry had been shaken, nuclear operators worldwide began to work together to prevent recurrences.
WANO promotes effective communication and open information sharing, via its five main programmes: Peer Review, Performance Analysis, Technical Support, Professional Development, and Corporate Communications. It is not a regulatory or advisory body, or a lobbyist for the industry.
"To maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practice".