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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 »

NUSIMS:Online Tool to Strengthen Nuclear Security

14 March 2016 | Participants from 71 Member States learnt about an IAEA voluntary self-assessment tool to strengthen national nuclear security regimes at a meeting at IAEA headquarters last month. The online nuclear security information management system (NUSIMS) provides Member States with a clear and more up-to-date picture of their respective nuclear security situation through a structured self-assessment tool. ‘NUSIMS is a web-based platform designed to provide Member States and the IAEA with secure means to aggregate and analyse... Full story »

Five Years After Fukushima: Making Nuclear Power Safer

10 March 2016 | It has been five years since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In marking the anniversary this week, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano recognized the progress made in Japan and worldwide in nuclear safety since the accident, but underscored the importance of all countries remaining vigilant in putting safety first. “The immense human impact of these events should not be forgotten,” said Director General Amano this week... Full story »

IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Review Mission in Poland

4 March 2016 | The IAEA conducted the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission at the request of the Government of Poland. The mission reviewed Poland's nuclear security-related legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear material and associated facilities, as well as security arrangements for the transport of nuclear material. In addition, the team reviewed the physical protection systems at the Maria research reactor and the Radioactive Waste Management Plant outside Warsaw, as well as at the National Radioactive Waste Repository north of the capital... Full story »

CNS 7th Review Meeting President Announced

1 March 2016 | Vienna--Ramzi Jammal, CNSC Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer, was elected unanimously by Contracting Parties as President of the 7th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety last October. As President, Mr. Jammal will lead discussions among participating countries on how to improve nuclear safety worldwide through a constructive exchange of views. Mr. Jammal succeeds Mr. André-Claude Lacoste, former Chairman of France's nuclear regulator, the Autorité de sûreté nucléaire. The 7th Review Meeting of the Convention will be held in the spring of 2017 in Vienna.

Exploring 30 Years of Safety Culture: IAEA Hosts International Conference on Human and Organizational Aspects of Assuring Nuclear Safety

18 February 2016 | A variety of watershed events over the years have influenced safety culture in high reliability organizations — nuclear in particular. Many fundamental problems involving factors such as technology, procedures, training and attitudes towards safety have contributed to these events. In 1986, the Chernobyl accident highlighted the importance of maintaining design configuration, plant status control, line authority for reactor safety, and cultural attributes related to safety. The subsequent International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group investigation... Full story »

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 »

| Last update: Monday, 11 April, 2016.