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International Experts to Meet at IAEA to Discuss Computer Security in a Nuclear World

27 May 2015 | Representatives of nuclear regulators and plant operators, law enforcement, system and security vendors, and regional and international organisations will take part in an International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World, 1-5 June 2015, at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The meeting is being organized in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Interregional... Full story »

IAEA Expert Mission Reviews Hungary's Regulatory Framework for Nuclear Safety

22 May 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear and radiation safety experts today concluded a 12-day mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear safety in Hungary. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team found that Hungarian officials were committed to strong regulatory oversight of the country's nuclear programme and the wide range of radiation-related activities. Hungary faces challenges, including consolidating a complex... Full story »

Review Meeting of Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management Wraps Up

22 May 2015 | IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the participants at the closing session of the Fifth Review Meeting, which concluded at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna on 22 May 2015. In force since 2001, the Joint Convention seeks to achieve and maintain a high level of worldwide safety in spent fuel and radioactive waste management. To further that goal, Contracting Parties deliver national reports on their implementation of the convention's obligations that are discussed and debated as part of a peer-review process during review meetings held... Full story »

IAEA Assists Member States with Knowledge Management in Nuclear Safety

19 May 2015 | To facilitate the centralization and selective sharing of national nuclear safety information, the IAEA is helping countries create knowledge repositories under the internet-based Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN). For example, four IAEA experts recently visited China's National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) in Beijing, to advise on the establishment of the country's repository within the GNSSN. China has 27 nuclear power reactors in operation, 24 under construction, and more about to start construction... Full story »

IAEA Deputy Director General Encourages Countries to Join Safety Convention on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

11 May 2015 | At a two-week meeting beginning 11 May, over 700 delegates representing Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management have gathered to review and discuss their national reports, address the implementation of the Convention and respond to questions raised on their reports by other Parties. To enhance nuclear safety worldwide, countries should join the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and those that are... Full story »

Action at Sea: Transport Security Exercise Conducted Off the Coast of Sweden

8 May 2015 | Like an action movie set, ships, helicopters and uniformed people set the scene off the coast of Sweden this week as national authorities conducted an exercise on security while transporting spent nuclear fuel. The exercise was part of a joint project with the IAEA to test and evaluate a new IAEA guide on planning, conducting and evaluating transport security exercises. The test subject and model was the security framework of Sweden's national nuclear transport system, which regularly ships used fuel from power plants along the... Full story »

IAEA and the National Nuclear Security Administration Mark a Milestone in Nuclear Security Training

8 May 2015 | Almost four decades ago, the IAEA and the United States began a joint effort to train global experts on protecting nuclear facilities from terrorists seeking materials for a nuclear weapon. Today, participants from around the world celebrated their completion of the 25th International Training Course (ITC) on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Facilities since its start in 1978 at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the last three weeks, 43 students from 36 countries took part in the flagship course, which has evolved over... Full story »

Clever Minds Talk "Smart"

5 May 2015 | An international group of 36 experts from 26 countries met at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna last week to discuss and share experiences in tracking radiation exposure for patients. Referring doctors should be informed of their patients' radiation exposure history and have access to images from previous medical examinations, concluded experts at an IAEA technical meeting held in Vienna last week. The general approach in medicine is that radiation dose limits do not apply to patients. The risks of radiation exposure incurred by patients undergoing... Full story »

The IAEA Takes its Nuclear Security Plan to Diplomats in New York

30 April 2015 | On 29 April 2015 delegates gathered on the sidelines of the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss the implementation of the IAEA Nuclear Security Plan 2014-2017. The discussion was led by Geoffrey Shaw, the representative of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the United Nations. The presentation covered the nature of modern nuclear security threats, measures being used to combat these threats, international... Full story »

Providing the Big Picture During a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency

17 April 2015 | For one week in late April, more than 200 experts from 70 countries and five international organizations will gather at IAEA headquarters to discuss the latest trends related to assessment and prognosis in response to a nuclear or radiological emergency. The International Experts Meeting (IEM) on Assessment and Prognosis in Response to a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency will take place from 20 to 24 April. This is the ninth in a series of such meetings organised in the framework of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety. Participants will discuss issues, challenges and solutions, including constraints, limitations... Full story »

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 »

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