The work of the ITER Organization is supervised by its governing body, the ITER Council. The ITER Council is responsible, in accordance with the ITER Agreement, for the promotion and overall direction of the ITER Organization. It has the authority to appoint the Director-General and senior staff, to adopt and amend the Project Resources Management and Human Resources Regulations, and to approve the annual budget of the ITER Organization. The total budget for the ITER Project and the participation of additional states or organizations in the project is also decided by the ITER Council.
Senior representatives from the seven ITER Members—China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United States—gather for the nineteeth meeting of the ITER Council on 16-17 November under the chairmanship of Won Namkung from Korea.
The ITER Council is comprised of representatives of the seven Members. The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council are elected from amongst its members. Meetings are held at least twice a year; a press release is issued after each meeting. The ITER Council is supported by advisory bodies:
The Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) advises the ITER Council on science and technology issues that arise during the course of ITER construction and operation. Members of the Committee are chosen for their outstanding technical qualifications and experience.
The Management Advisory Committee (MAC) advises the ITER Council on strategic management issues during the development of the ITER project such as budget allocations, the effective application of privileges and immunities to the Organization and the staff, and recommended administrative action to facilitate the work of the project.
The Test Blanket Module Program Committee (TBM-PC) advises the ITER Council on the tritium test module breeding program to be implemented on ITER.
The Export Control Working Group (ECWG) advises the ITER Council on the transfers to and from ITER Members and the ITER Organization any material, equipment or technology generated in the project in accordance with national export control requirements.