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Radiation Safety for Consumer Products: New IAEA Safety Guide

25 January 2016 | Various consumer products such as smoke detectors, high intensity discharge lamps, and artificial gemstones contain small amounts of radioactive material. Such products are available in commercial outlets worldwide and can also be bought over the Internet — and their safety is of utmost importance to regulators. The IAEA's 'Radiation Safety for Consumer Products', issued today, contains guidance for national regulatory bodies and suppliers to ensure the safety of consumer products containing small quantities of radionuclides... Full story »

IAEA/European Commission Concludes 3rd Progress Meeting on Partnership for Nuclear Safety

21 January 2016 | Senior representatives from the European Commission met with the IAEA in Vienna today at the 3rd Senior Official Liaison Committee (SOLC) meeting, to discuss progress on the partnership agreement entered into in 2013 on activities to strengthen collaboration on nuclear safety. Within this framework, the EU provided additional resources to the IAEA to support IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) activities in EU Member States, hence facilitating their compliance with... Full story »

Radiological Emergency Exercise Tests 53 Countries' Capacity to Respond

21 January 2016 | Last month, 53 countries were challenged to react to a simulated radiological emergency in Mexico, testing their capacity to respond. Emergency professionals communicated with national counterparts and international partners to find the best ways to respond together. "Exercises like this are an opportunity for us to check our response arrangements. In the case of Mexico, this exercise was particularly useful to test lessons learned after 2013," said Juan Eibenschutz, Director General of Mexico's National Nuclear Security and Safeguards Commission (CNSNS)... Full story »

Moving Ahead: New networks to support the safe transport of radioactive material in Europe and in the Mediterranean region

5 November 2015 | Whether moved over the sea, over the road or through the air—each day thousands of packages of radioactive materials are transported around the world. Radioactive material shipments are vital to the development and advancement of technologies that benefit the global community in areas such as medicine, agriculture, hydrology, geology, industry, research and the environment. Transport in general, and of radioactive materials in particular, is truly a global enterprise, involving all regions of the world. Problems with transport... Full story »

IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Review Mission in Canada

30 October 2015 | A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts today completed a two-week mission to review national nuclear security practices in Canada. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) was carried out at the request of the Government of the Canada. The mission reviewed Canada's nuclear security-related legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities, as well as security arrangements for the transport of nuclear and other radioactive material and for... Full story »

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Spain: Plans Agreed to Improve Radiation Medicine in Latin America and the Caribbean

28 October 2015 | The IAEA and the Association of Medical Practitioners of Spain will work together to improve radiation medicine in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under a Practical Arrangement that both parties signed on 26 October. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, in Spain for a two-day official visit, attended the signing ceremony for the agreement, under which both parties will assist the Latin American and Caribbean region in the promotion of health using nuclear... Full story »

Open for Registration: IAEA Conference on Safety Culture - 30 Years After Chernobyl

20 October 2015 | The IAEA is organizing an International Conference on Human and Organizational Aspects of Assuring Nuclear Safety — Exploring 30 Years of Safety Culture from 22 to 26 February 2016 at its headquarters in Vienna. This conference aims to provide a unique platform to share best practices, expertise and experience in the areas of safety culture, that includes human and organizational factors. Interested applicants can register to attend the week-long event through the online registration process available on the conference website... Full story »

Prepare and Respond Effectively: IAEA Hosts Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference

19 October 2015 | National response plans in emergency preparedness need to be in line with international safety standards and best practices, delegates heard at the opening of the International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response that began at IAEA headquarters in Vienna today. The week-long conference offers experts in emergency preparedness and response a platform to discuss best practices and focus on strengthening national systems in dealing with nuclear and radiological emergencies. Having robust emergency response... Full story »

IAEA Launches Self-Assessment Tool for Emergency Preparedness

17 September 2015 | A new web-based tool launched yesterday by the IAEA enables Member States to assess their preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergencies and share their information with other countries. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Information Management System (EPRIMS) provides a comprehensive analysis of countries' emergency preparedness arrangements and identifies areas for improvement. EPRIMS is open to all Member States and it only needs the registration of a national coordinator to get started... Full story »

Connecting to Meet the Objectives of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Framework

17 September 2015 | Building and maintaining the necessary human capacity to safely, securely and sustainably operate and regulate nuclear programmes are two critical components for the current and future growth of nuclear energy. Building this pool of capable engineers and scientists requires knowledge sharing, training capacity-building and communication among those working in the nuclear sector. These were the main topics addressed at the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN)'s annual plenary meeting, held on the margins of... Full story »

IAEA Reviews Safety Progress at Dampierre Nuclear Power Plant in France

17 September 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear safety experts today completed an assessment of operational safety at the Dampierre Nuclear Power Plant in France. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures during the mission, which was held at the invitation of the French government. OSART missions aim to improve operational safety by objectively assessing... Full story »

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