Education and Training Appraisal (EduTA)
Background - The International Atomic Energy Agency has a statutory function to establish standards of safety for the protection of health, life and property against ionizing radiation and to provide for the application of these standards. Education and training in radiation protection is one of the mechanisms and primary strategies through which the Agency assists Member States in the application of these standards, and numerous General Conference resolutions have emphasized this role.
The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety has developed many education and training programs over several years and has published a number of technical documents to support training in the area. Furthermore, it also assists Member States to build competence in radiation protection and the safety of sources.
In order to effectively provide assistance to Member States and to design training activities, it is essential to evaluate and identify the Member States training needs in a systematic manner and to assess their education and training infrastructure. The EduTA service was developed to fulfill this purpose.
The EduTA service includes:
- Carrying out a detailed appraisal of the status of the provisions for education and training in radiation protection and the safety of radiation sources, including the identification of the national education and training needs
- Identifying areas in education and training, where the provisions should be improved (i) to cope with national education and training needs, (ii) to comply with IAEA safety standards, (iii) to adopt best practices
- Making recommendations on actions to be taken to cope with the education and training recommendations as stated in the IAEA Safety Guide RS-G-1.4, Building Competence in Radiation Protection and the Safe Use of Radiation Sources and the IAEA Safety Report Series No. 20 Training in Radiation Protection and the Safe Use of Radiation Sources.
EduTA is carried out upon request of a Member States. It can be conducted by a team of Agency’s and International experts or used by a Member State as a self–appraisal tool. It has a modular structure, so it can be applied to the whole national education and training infrastructure for radiation, transport and waste safety or to specific components of the infrastructure (e.g. training centres, provisions for specific qualified personnel).
EduTA is performed in three stages:
- Preparatory stage: this stage will be to receive pre-appraisal information, to collect relevant data and to complete the pre-appraisal form
- The appraisal task itself
- The report and recommendations
At the end of the EduTA process a report will be issued after consultation with and review by the Member State. The report includes a plan of actions in the near term to improve the current status and long term actions to upgrade the education and training capabilities.
Completed EduTA Missions
- Lebanon (2014)
- Pakistan (2013) preparatory mission
- Belarus (2011)
- Korea (2011)
- Malaysia (2011)
- Algeria (2010)
- Brazil (2010)
- Egypt (2010)
- Ghana (2010)
- Morocco (2010)
- South Africa (2010)
- Ghana (2008)
- Greece (2008)
- Morocco (2007)
- Argentina (2006)
- Malaysia (2005)
- Singapore (2005)
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