Guideline of Position Statements

Position Statements Guideline

International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) Position Statements Guidelines

May 2022 – Revision D


These guidelines describe the desired content of INSC Position Statements.  The guidelines also establish the process for creating, revising, retiring and maintaining INSC Position Statements. 

Position Statement Content and Style

Position Statements are concise, straightforward narrative statements of the INSC position on public issues.  Position Statements typically address scientific and technical issues but they must be written in a manner that is clear and understandable to a non-technical audience (e.g., members of the public).  Summary justifications for positions may be included as space allows.  Recommendations should be practical and reasonably achievable.  References are encouraged but should be carefully selected to be readily available (including internet links), relevant and supportive. 

Position statements will be assigned a sequential number (e.g., XX) upon adoption.  References to a position statement should refer to the revision and include the date or initial issue or most recent revision.  Example:  “INSC Position Statement 3, Revision 2 – Nuclear Technology is Good for the Human Race (June 2022).

Position Statements may be accompanied by a Background Information Document (BID).  A BID is a separate document that supports the Position Statement.  A BID is not required but may be provided to enable inclusion of detailed technical information, discussion of alternatives, etc. The BID must be developed specifically to support the Position Statement; it is not appropriate to simply attach related information that was created for another purpose.  As with the Position Statement itself, well-chosen references are encouraged in a BID.

INSC positions on issues should reflect a consensus of INSC member societies.  Therefore, positions are expected to be high-level and generally applicable internationally.  If specific recommendations for actions are included, those recommendations should be clear and consistent with the remainder of the position statement.  Ideally, position statements themselves will be short, about one-half page, and should in no event be longer than a page.  If it is necessary or desirable to provide additional information, that should be done with a BID, as described above.

Formatting for position statements should be consistent with the example provided in Attachment 1.  Each active position statement entry on the INSC website should consist of the position statement and the BID (if any).  The position statement and BID should each be page numbered sequentially.

Creating a New Position Statement

Any member society may propose a new INSC position statement.  The member society should provide the INSC officers with a written proposal that includes the following:

  1. Position statement topic
  2. Position statement scope
  3. Need or rationale (i.e., answer the question “Why is it desirable that INSC establish a position statement on this topic?)
  4. Summary of recommendations or findings (the anticipated “bottom line”)
  5. Society or individual that will take the lead for developing the actual position statement.

The proposal is expected to be short, on the order of one-half page. 

The INSC officers should evaluate the proposal and determine if such an INSC position statement is warranted.  The evaluation will include (i) a determination of whether or not any other existing position statements already cover the topic, (ii) whether the proposed position will impact any other established positions, and (iii) if it is likely the INSC will be able to develop a consensus on the topic. 

The development of the position statement may proceed once the officers have agreed by consensus that it is needed.  The officers may provide additional guidance to the individual or society that has the lead for developing the position statement. 

The lead individual or society will develop a draft position statement for officer review.  If the draft position statement is to be accompanied by a BID, the draft BID should accompany the draft position statement.[1]  Once the officers have determined that the draft material is ready for approval, it will be provided for a vote by all voting delegates.  Note:  While not required, the INSC officers should consider issuing a draft position statement for comment prior to issuing the draft position statement for formal vote.

Each delegate will vote in one of the following categories.

  • Approve.
  • Reject.
  • Abstain.

The draft position statement is adopted if there is a quorum (as defined in the INSC Bylaws) and at least 70 per cent of the votes cast are to “Approve.”  If it is not adopted, the lead individual or society may choose to modify the position statement and resubmit it for another vote.  When a position statement is approved, all member societies should be informed and the position statement should be made publicly available on the INSC website as an “Active Position Statement.”  INSC may choose to issue the position statement to other organizations (International Atomic Energy Agency, governments, non-governmental organizations, regulators, etc.).

All position statements should, at a minimum, be provided in English.  Any member society may provide a translation in another language if it so desires. However, the English version will be the sole official version.

Revising a Position Statement

Any member society may identify the need to revise a position statement.  The member society may propose a revision or request the officers to assign responsibility for developing a revision.  Once a draft revision is prepared, the process for initial approval, as outlined above, should be followed.

Note:  The INSC Chair may make minor editorial corrections to a position statement at any time, provided those changes do not affect the meaning of the position statement. The INSC member societies should be notified about any such changes.

Retiring a Position Statement

Any member society may propose that a position statement be retired.  The position statement is retired based on a vote of 70 per cent of delegates to retire the statement.  Upon retirement, the position statement should be removed from the “Active Position Statements” on the website.  The officers may elect to retain the position statement on the website under the category of “Retired Position Statements.”  All retired position statements should be clearly identified as no longer constituting an official position of the INSC.

Maintenance of Position Statements

The officers should periodically review INSC’s Active Position Statements and arrange for revision or retirement of any that are out of date or no longer appropriate.  Ideally each position statement will be reviewed no less frequently than every five years.  



Example INSC Position Statement

This example position statement is provided as guidance for formatting INSC position statements.  It is not an actual position statement.

The International Nuclear Society Council (INSC) finds that nuclear technology is good for the human race.  Nuclear power provides clean, reliable, and affordable electricity.  Ionizing radiation is used in the detection and treatment of cancer and in other medical applications.  There are many beneficial industrial applications of nuclear technology, including food preservation, smoke detectors, and verification of quality of welds.

To increase the benefits to mankind, the INSC makes the following recommendations.

  1. All countries should establish a workable framework of laws and regulations that will enable the safe application of nuclear technology.
  2. All countries should support the International Atomic Energy Agency in its efforts to encourage peaceful uses of nuclear materials and radiation.

Practical applications of nuclear technology began with the development of x-rays in the late 1800s.  Over the course of the next half century the world became increasingly aware of the promise as well as potential peril inherent in radioactive materials and ionizing radiation. 

The development of atomic weapons in the 1940s hastened the end of World War II but killed hundreds of thousands of people.  For many people, nuclear fission was indelibly connected with destruction.  In the 1950s the world began to appreciate better the beneficial potential for generating electricity through nuclear fission.  Today, more than 400 nuclear power plants generate about 10 per cent of the world’s electricity.1 There is increasing appreciation among the public of the benefits associated with the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

In addition to generating power from fission, radioisotopes have many beneficial applications in today’s society.  These include medical applications (both diagnostic and therapeutic), preservation of food, space exploration, insect control, carbon dating, weld verification, and smoke detectors.2 


  1. Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, “Energy”, 2020. Published online at Our World in Data, Electricity Mix, (
  2. World Nuclear Association, The Many Uses of Nuclear Technology, May 2021 (

[1]      With respect to the review, approval, revision, and retirement processes, the phrase “position statement” is assumed to include the associated BID if a BID accompanies the position statement.  The position statement and BID are approved, revised, or retired as a package.

Global Award

Global Award

The International Nuclear Societies Council created the GLOBAL AWARD in the desire to promote recognition of noteworthy innovative efforts in the interests of safe and economically responsible peaceful application of nuclear technology.

The INSC GLOBAL AWARD is to honor an individual or program group whose international professional efforts in developing nuclear technology utilization in a sustainable manner for the welfare of society in accordance with the principles of the INSC Global Creed.

1998Hans Blix, Sweden
2000L. Manning Muntzing, USA
2002Takashi Mukaibo, Japan
2004Wang Naiyan, China
2006Jorge Spitalnik, Brazil
2008Bertrand Barré, France
2010Stanley R. Hatcher, Canada
2012Chang Kun Lee, Republic of Korea
2014Richard S. Denning, USA
2016Dame Sue Ion, United Kingdom
2018Juan Eibenschutz, Mexico
2020Shunsuke Kondo, Japan
2022William Donald Magwood IV
2023Sama Bilbao y León
Bylaws, Rules, Global Creed & Past Public Statements

Bylaws, Rules, Global Creed & Past Public Statements

Annex I and Annex II contain the INSC Bylaws and Rules that are currently in force. Annex III is a Guideline approved by the Council.

Annex IV contains the Global Creed approved by INSC for adoption by Member Societies. The list of Member Societies having adopted it is included in the Annex. 

Annex V and Annex VI show statements made public by the Council on matters regarding Nuclear Energy Role in 21st Century Development and Illegal Trade of Fissile Materials. 

The Council accepted the Declaration on Nuclear Energy and Sustainable Development shown in Annex VII

In connection with the 50th Anniversary of the A-bomb and the NPT Extension Conference, the Council made a statement expressing INSC hope for nuclear energy to be utilized exclusively for peaceful uses. The statement refers to the INSC Global Creed prescribing the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy (Annex VIII). 

Representative Identification

Representatives Identification

Color of PinsBearer
RedFormer Chairman
Silver1st and 2nd Vice-Chairman
CopperRepresentative of Member Society
WhiteResponsible for the Secretariat
INSC Officers

INSC Officers

INSC has four officers: Chairman, 1st Vice-Chairman, 2nd Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, to give the necessary material support to the organization, the Chairman appoints an assistant from his Society to perform his secretarial activities.
The officers are elected by majority vote of the members of the Council. The term of office is two years, starting on January 1st of the year following the election.

The following tables list the INSC officers since its creation:




ChairmanJean van Dievoet (ENS)L.Manning Muntzing (ANS)Mishima Yoshitsugu (AESJ)
1st Vice-ChairmanL.Manning Muntzing (ANS)Mishima Yoshitsugu (AESJ)Manuel Acero (ENS)
2nd Vice-Chairman*Manuel Acero (ENS)Robert Long (ANS)
Secretary/treasurerJorge Spitalnik (LAS)Jorge Spitalnik (LAS)Jorge Spitalnik (LAS)
Chairman’s secretariatPeter Feuz (ENS)James Toscas (ANS)Endo Yuzo (AESJ)



ChairmanManuel Acero (ENS)Gail de Planque (ANS)Chang Kun Lee (KNS)
1st Vice-ChairmanGail de Planque (ANS) **Chang Kun Lee (KNS)Jorge Spitalnik (LAS)
2nd Vice-ChairmanChang Kun Lee (KNS)Jorge Spitalnik (LAS)Agneta Rising (ENS)
Secretary/treasurerJorge Spitalnik (LAS)Konrad Hädener (ENS)Andy Kadak (ANS)
Chairman’s secretariatMontserrat Casero (ENS)Mike Diekman (ANS)B-K Kim (KNS) ***



ChairmanJorge Spitalnik (LAS)Bertrand Barre (ENS)Andy Kadak (ANS)
1st Vice-ChairmanBertrand Barre (ENS)Andy Kadak (ANS)Gustavo Alonso (SNM)
2nd Vice-ChairmanAndy Kadak (ANS)Shunsuke Kondo (AESJ)Shunsuke Kondo (AESJ)
Secretary/treasurerShunsuke Kondo (AESJ)Jose L. Delgado (SNM) *****Frank Deconinck (ENS)
Chairman’s secretariatSatomi Nishimura (AESJ)Satomi Nishimura (AESJ) ****Mike Diekman (ANS)



ChairmanGustavo Alonso (SNM)Bernard Jolly (ENS)Hisashi Ninokata (AESJ)
1st Vice-ChairmanBernard Jolly (ENS)Hisashi Ninokata (AESJ)William Burchill (ANS)
2nd Vice-ChairmanShunsuke Kondo (AESJ)William Burchill (ANS)Jaime Pahissa-Campa (LAS)
Secretary/treasurerWilliam Burchill (ANS)Jaime Pahissa-Campa (LAS)Jean-Pol Poncelet (ENS)
Chairman’s secretariatMike Diekman (ANS)Mike Diekman (ANS)Konatsu Orihara (AESJ)



ChairmanWilliam Burchill (ANS)Jaime Pahissa-Campa (LAS-ANS)Fernando Naredo (ENS)
1st Vice-ChairmanJaime Pahissa-Campa (LAS)Fernando Naredo (ENS)
Poong Hyun Seong (KNS)
2nd Vice-Chairmanto be determined (ENS)Poong Hyun Seong (KNS)Peter Ozemoyah (CNS)
Secretary/treasurerKune Y. Suh (KNS)Peter Ozemoyah (CNS)Orpet Peixoto (LAS-ANS)
Chairman’s secretariat
ChairmanPoong Hyun Seong (KNS)Poong Hyun Seong (KNS)Peter Ozemoyah (CNS)
1st Vice-ChairmanPeter Ozemoyah (CNS)Peter Ozemoyah (CNS)Orpet Peixoto (LAS-ANS)
2nd Vice-ChairmanOrpet Peixoto (LAS-ANS)Orpet Peixoto (LAS-ANS)Marc Deffrennes (ENS)
SecretaryMarc Deffrennes (ENS)Marc Deffrennes (ENS)Khadija Bendam (WIN Global)
TreasurerMarc Deffrennes (ENS)Martina Etzmuss (WIN-Global) 1 Jan. – 22 July, 2022
Eileen Langegger (WIN-Global) 23 July – 31 Dec., 2022
Eileen Langegger (WIN – Global)
Immediate Past ChairFernando Naredo (ENS)Fernando Naredo (ENS)Poong Hyun Seong (KNS)
Chairman’s secretariatJeong Ik Lee (KNS)Jeong Ik Lee (KNS)

*From January 1, 2022, Officers are Chair, 1st Vice-Chair, 2nd Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past Chair serving each position for one year.
ChairmenOrpet Peixoto (LAS-ANS)
1st Vice ChairmenMarc Deffrennes (ENS)
2nd Vice ChairmenKhadija Bendam (WIN Global)
SecretaryTsai-Yueh Luo (NEST)
TreasurerEileen Langegger (WIN-Global)
Immediate Past ChairPeter Ozemoyah
Chairman’s secretariat

*The 2nd Vice-Chairman post was established in 1993
**[1997] Robert Long (ANS)
***[2002] John K. Chung (KNS)
****[2006] Mike Diekman (ANS)
*****[2006] Gustavo Alonso(SNM)

INSC Organization

INSC Organization

Nuclear Societies members of the International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) have been grouped in five geographical regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and At-Large (representing the other regions of the world). 

Each region has six seats in the Council, where national and regional Nuclear Societies, or Federations of Nuclear Societies, are represented. Within a region, the number of seats has been allocated by agreement among the Member Societies of the region. 

As of 31st May 1996, the membership of the Council is as follows:

RegionMember SocietyNumber of Seats
Asia PacificAtomic Energy Society of Japan2
Australian Nuclear Association1
Korean Nuclear Society1
Nuclear Energy Society, Taipei1
Chinese Nuclear Society1*
EuropeEuropean Nuclear Society6
Latin AmericaAmerica Latin American Section of ANS3
Argentinian Association of Nuclear Technology1
Brazilian Association of Nuclear Energy1
Mexican Nuclear Society1
American Nuclear Society4
Canadian Nuclear Society2
At-LargeIsrael Nuclear Society1
Pakistan Nuclear Society1
Indian Nuclear Society1
Egyptian Society of Nuclear Science and Applications1
Nuclear Society of Thailand1
Women in Nuclear-Global**1
T O T A L30

*Chinese Nuclear Society is a chartered member of INSC but as of April 2022 has not signed the Charter yet

**From 2020 Women in Nuclear-Global became a member of INSC

INSC Objectives

INSC Objectives

  1. To be a global forum for Nuclear Societies to discuss and establish common aims and goals.
  2. To act as a global Non Governmental Organization in nuclear matters of international nature.
  3. To represent the views and positions of professionals and workers in the nuclear field through their Nuclear Societies.
  4. To value the work and achievements of the nuclear community of the world based on ethical principles adopted by the Nuclear Societies.
  5. To increase the operational efficiency of Nuclear Societies by establishing means for cooperation and complementation in the execution of their programs.
Member Societies

Member Societies

INSC was founded on 11th November 1990 by the Ineternational Nuclear Societies Group (INSG), an international group of Nuclear Societies. Current INSC Member Societies are:

  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Asociacion Argentina de Tecnologia Nuclear (AATN)
  • Associação Brasileira de Energia Nuclear (ABEN)
  • Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ)
  • Australian Nuclear Association (ANA)
  • Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)
  • Egyptian Society of Nuclear Science and Applications (ESNSA)
  • European Nuclear Society (ENS)
    • Austrian Nuclear Society
    • Belgian Nuclear Society
    • Bulgarian Nuclear Society
    • Croatian Nuclear Society
    • Czech Nuclear Society
    • Finnish Nuclear Society
    • French Nuclear Energy Society
    • German Nuclear Society
    • Hungarian Nuclear Society
    • Israel Nuclear Society
    • Italian Nuclear Association
    • Lithuanian Nuclear Energy Association
    • Netherlands Nuclear Society
    • The Nuclear Institute
    • Nuclear Society of Russia
    • Nuclear Society of Serbia
    • Nuclear Society of Slovenia
    • Polish Nuclear Society
    • Romanian Nuclear Energy Association
    • Slovak Nuclear Society
    • Spanish Nuclear Society
    • Swedish Nuclear Society
    • Swiss Nuclear Society
  • Indian Nuclear Society (InNS)
  • Israel Nuclear Society (IsNS)
  • Korean Nuclear Society (KNS)
  • Latin American Section (LAS)
  • Nuclear Energy Society Taipei (NEST)
  • Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS)
  • Sociedad Nuclear Mexicana (SNM)
  • Nuclear Society of Thailand (NST)
  • Women in Nuclear-Global (WiN-Global)