The published information on the effect of radiation on the corrosion of potential waste container materials is reviewed. The materials discussed are irons and carbon steels, copper and copper alloys, stainless steels, nickel-based alloys, and titanium alloys. In general, a dose rate of >5 Gy·h-1 is required to accelerate the general corrosion of corrosionallowance materials. The effects of radiation on the localized corrosion of corrosion-resistant materials appear to be contradictory. In some cases, localized corrosion is induced, whereas in others it is inhibited.