In order to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience and information among its members, the association has the following objectives:
- To create a forum where strategic questions can be discussed among implementers with a view to supporting their individual approaches on policy issues, particularly as these relate to demonstrating safety and environmental protection to both the general public and to regulatory organizations.
- To support national effects towards site selection and implementation of long-term disposal strategies and to promote a common understanding of waste management issues and the internationally recognized principles which apply thereto.
- To stimulate and promote coordinated research and development activities, particularly in underground research laboratories.
- To define positions and coordinate actions, where appropriate, in dealing with international organizations (e.g. OECD, IAEA, EU), whilst recognizing the value of open discussions with national governments and regulators initiated by such organizations.
- To discuss technical and management matters, particularly with a view to benchmarking and establishing optimum practices, without disrupting existing mechanisms for cooperation on specific projects.
- The burdens and responsibility for taking care of radioactive waste should not be passed on to future generations.
- Radioactive waste management is a social and technical issue.
- There is a need for flexibility and open and ethical involvement of stakeholders in decision making.