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IAEA Concludes Agreements to Boost Radiation Safety

7 October 2016 | The IAEA signed two cooperative agreements to strengthen radiation safety and monitoring with organisations based in Argentina and the United States last week. Radiation safety aims to protect the public and environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, which has many beneficial uses, including in medicine, science and industry. "Measures to ensure that radiation safety is maintained at the highest level are vital when using nuclear applications for peaceful purposes," said Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security at the signature of the so-called Practical... Full story »

Enhancing Radiation Safety: IAEA Signs Two Practical Arrangements with Russian Regulatory Authorities

25 July 2016 | The IAEA will cooperate with Russian authorities in the enhancement of the country’s national radiation safety standards and in the implementation of international safety standards as a result of two new agreements signed last week in Moscow. "These agreements establish a cooperation framework to strengthen coordination for the application of radiation safety and monitoring programmes in Russia," said Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. Radiation and nuclear techniques are increasingly used in medicine, industry, agriculture, energy and other scientific and technological... Full story »

IAEA Mission: Kenya Committed to Radiation Safety, Needs to Ensure Regulatory Body’s Independence

20 July 2016 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said ensuring the effective independence of Kenya’s regulatory body for decision-making in radiation safety would help it meet its commitment to strengthen the oversight of all radiation-related facilities and activities in the country. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team today concluded a 10-day mission to assess the regulatory framework for radiation safety in the Republic of Kenya. The Radiation Protection Board (RPB) regulates such activities in Kenya, including those with sealed and unsealed radioactive sources as well as X-ray and other radiation-emitting... Full story »

Visualising Data for Emergency Response: IAEA Launches International Radiation Mapping System

9 June 2016 | A thorough analysis of data is vital to a swift response in a radiation or nuclear emergency. The new international radiation monitoring information system (IRMIS), recently launched by the IAEA, collects and displays radiation monitoring data, enabling countries to respond rapidly to such emergencies. "This data maps the areas of potential impact that can assist countries to take appropriate protective actions in an emergency. By sharing information Member States are better prepared for challenging situations," said Jan Erik Dyve, a radiation specialist with the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority. This new web online tool supports the IAEA's Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and... Full story »

Top Management Must Lead for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, According to New IAEA Safety Standard

8 June 2016 | Senior executives of any organization or facility involved in activities that could give rise to radiation risks must provide leadership and management for safety, according to an updated IAEA General Safety Requirements publication, adopted as an IAEA safety standard by the Board of Governors on 7 June 2016. The revised requirements, titled Leadership and Management for Safety, place new emphasis on the role of senior management in ensuring safety to protect human life, health and the environment from harmful effects of radiation. The new standard calls on senior management of organizations to demonstrate... Full story »

Safe Closure and Cleanup: International Conference on Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Opens in Madrid

23 May 2016 | The safe decommissioning of nuclear facilities and remediation of radioactively contaminated sites present major challenges. Recent trends in these two fields will be the focus of an International Conference on Advancing the Global Implementation of Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Programmes starting today. "In addition to the technical and safety aspects of decommissioning and environmental remediation, there is also an ethical dimension: generations benefitting from nuclear technologies need to do their best to solve the problems related to decommissioning, remediation and waste management without transferring undue burden to future generations," said Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security... Full story »

New Nuclear Security Agreement will Reduce Risk of Nuclear Terrorism

8 May 2016 | A strong and independent regulator is the cornerstone of a safe nuclear power programme. Following the entry into force of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) today, the international community must focus on its implementation, said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Mr Amano also called for speedy adherence by the remaining 50 State Parties to the old Convention to strengthen nuclear security and reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism worldwide. “The entry into force of the Amendment demonstrates the determination of the international community to act... Full story »

IAEA Workshop addresses Challenges of updating National Legislations on Transport of Radioactive Material

23 April 2016 | Representatives from four IAEA regional networks for the safe transport of radioactive material met in Vienna from 18 to 22 April to discuss challenges in updating their national legislation according to the "IAEA Regulations on Transport of Radioactive Material" (SSR-6). Almost 80 delegates from Africa, the Asian-Pacific region, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Basin, representing 57 countries, presented their situations concerning the development of their national legislation on transport of radioactive material... Full story »

Sustaining Safety Standards: IAEA to Host the International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems

4 April 2016 | A strong and independent regulator is the cornerstone of a safe nuclear power programme. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident in 2011 brought into sharp focus the need to further strengthen effective regulatory control and oversight. It also underscored the need to review existing national safety and security regulations and ensure their compliance with global safety standards and guidelines. These key issues will be addressed at next week’s International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems at IAEA headquarters. Over 200 regulators and experts from all over the world will meet to exchange information and good practices to build and to further... Full story » Watch Video »

Did You Know? IAEA Service to Help Member States Strengthen the Radiation Protection of Workers

16 March 2016 | Ionizing radiation has many beneficial uses, including in medicine, science and industry, but those working with radiation sources as well as the public and environment need to be protected from its harmful effects. The IAEA offers Member States a thorough review through its Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) to help in the development of a high-level and effective safety infrastructure for those working with radiation. Member States need to have stringent safety standards and practices in place to prevent the risk of accidental workforce-related radiation exposure. The IAEA’s Basic Safety Standards and various recommendation documents provide guidance to national authorities... Full story »

Abstracts Due 15 April: IAEA Conference on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

16 March 2016 | Those wishing to present at the IAEA International Conference on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management have only four weeks left to submit their abstracts. The conference, to be held in Vienna from 21-25 November, will highlight the importance of an integrated long-term approach to the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel. ‘We look to promote further harmonization of safety in the field of waste disposal and the pre-disposal management of waste,’ said Gerard Bruno, Head of the Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit at the IAEA’s Waste and Environmental... Full story »

IAEA Workshop Addresses Challenges of Unnecessary Radiation Exposure of Patients

15 March 2016 | Up to 40% of radiological exams may be unnecessary, experts learned at the IAEA Justification of Medical Exposure in Diagnostic Imaging meeting last week. Participants discussed how to further strengthen the criteria for the appropriate use of radiation exposure in medicine. ‘The rapid growth of medical radiation has resulted in increased exposure not only for the population as a whole, but also for individual patients,’ said Peter Johnston, Director of the IAEA Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety. ‘Evidence suggests that a significant fraction of these radiological examinations may be unnecessary’... Full story »

| Last update: Wednesday, 12 October, 2016.