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Strengthening the Safe Use of Radiation in Medical Practice: Experts Call for Accelerated Introduction of International Basic Safety Standards

10 April 2015 | Sound regulatory frameworks based on IAEA safety standards and effective communication are essential to ensuring that radiation used in medicine provides benefits to patients while minimizing risks. This was the consensus among participants of a seminar on the safe use of radiation in medicine held in Chile from 23 to 27 March 2015. The seminar addressed radiation safety in medical practice, including the implementation of the International Basic Safety Standards (BSS), which play an important role in how radiation safety is addressed globally... Full story »

Research and Development: Reshaping Nuclear Safety

20 February 2015 | New and improved nuclear power plant (NPP) designs under development have the potential to be more fuel efficient, cost less to build and be inherently safer, according to nuclear industry vendors. Some of these designs are currently being built, while others are still in the planning stages. Many of the plans incorporate 'passive' safety features that do not require electrical power, and because large safety margins are being factored into the design, they do not require operational intervention so that accidents could be avoided. This is as opposed to... Full story »

Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety Is Adopted at Diplomatic Conference

10 February 2015 | The Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety has been unanimously adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS). The Declaration, which is part of an ongoing international effort to strengthen nuclear safety in the wake of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan, was approved by consensus by the Contracting Parties to the CNS at a Diplomatic Conference held on 9 February 2015 at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Conference was called to consider a proposal by Switzerland to amend Article 18 of the CNS related to the design and construction... Full story »

New IAEA Project Focusses on Decommissioning and Remediation of Damaged Nuclear Facilities

4 February 2015 | The IAEA has launched a new project aimed at benefiting from the experiences gained from the challenges of decommissioning and remediating damaged nuclear facilities. The DAROD project is one of the responses of the Agency towards increased nuclear safety under the IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan that was unanimously adopted by IAEA Member States following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant... Full story »

Exercises Allow IAEA, Member States to Practice for Emergencies

28 January 2015 | It takes practice to be ready for the worst. This is why the IAEA regularly takes part in or hosts exercises based on mock nuclear or radiological emergency scenarios. The Agency's Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) recently took part in five different Member State exercises, offering even more opportunities for IAEA staff to sharpen their ability to handle such high-demand emergency situations. One such exercise took place in Bulgaria, lasted a full day, and involved a mock scenario in which a strong earthquake damaged a nuclear reactor, leading to the release of... Full story »

Improving Programmes for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation

16 January 2015 | Improved organizational performance, enhanced safety, optimized operations and increased national and international confidence in Member States' organizations, facilities, programmes and activities are among the benefits that IAEA ARTEMIS peer reviews provide to Member States. Launched in 2014, ARTEMIS is an integrated review service that aims to enhance the coordination and application of IAEA resources in nuclear energy and nuclear safety to peer reviews that meet the needs of Member State institutions and programmes in nuclear-related areas... Full story »

Japan Joins the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage

16 January 2015 | Japan has submitted its instrument of acceptance to the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), an important international instrument relating to liability and compensation for damage caused by a nuclear accident, triggering its entry into force. The Permanent Representative of Japan to the IAEA, Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano signed and delivered the instrument of acceptance to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on 15 January 2015. Congratulating the Government of Japan, Director General Amano said that this depositary action... Full story »

IAEA Reviews Nuclear Security in Belgium

11 December 2014 | An IAEA team concluded that the physical protection system in Belgium is robust, with a program of continuous improvement in place at both the operator and government level. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) team identified numerous good practices, and made a number of recommendations and suggestions to further improve nuclear security. The two-week mission, which concluded last week, reviewed the nation's nuclear security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities, as well as security... Full story »

Advocating For Strong 'Cradle To Grave' Control of Radioactive Sources

10 December 2014 | Taking a holistic approach to manage radioactive sources from 'cradle to grave' enhances safety and security, and enables countries to overcome limitations to obtain radioactive sources for use in health care, agriculture and industry, agreed participants at an IAEA workshop last week. The week-long workshop at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, entitled Design a Model Project for Applying the 'Cradle to Grave' Concept for the Control of Radioactive Sources, brought together 50 experts... Full story »

IAEA Concludes Operational Safety Review Mission at EDF France

9 December 2014 | An international team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), today completed a review of corporate performance at the French electric utility company, Électricité de France S.A. (EDF). The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the French Government and noted a series of good practices and proposed suggestions to strengthen some safety measures. A "Corporate OSART" is an OSART mission organized to review the centralized... Full story »

The Next Frontier in Worker Radiation Protection

9 December 2014 | Protecting medical workers and those exposed to naturally occurring radiation, such as air crew and miners, is the next frontier in occupational radiation protection, participants of a conference on the subject in Vienna learned last week. “The international safety framework for protecting workers is well established and effective. However, implementation of some of these recommendations in some areas, such as medicine and work involving exposure to elevated levels of naturally occurring radiation, is complex,” said Michael Weber, Deputy Executive Director ... Full story »

| Last update: Thursday, April 16, 2015.