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Radiation, Transport & Waste Safety


International Peer Review on the "Safety Options Dossier" of the project on disposal of radioactive waste in deep geological formation: CIGÉO

6-15 November 2016 - At the request of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), the IAEA convened from 6 to 15 November a team of 7 international experts to review the "Safety Options Dossier" of the CIGÉO Project on the disposal of intermediate level long lived and high level radioactive waste in the Callovo-Oxfordian (COX) formations of Meuse/Haute Marne. This strategic dossier, part of the CIGÉO project developed by the French Waste Management Organization - Andra, sets out the chosen objectives, concepts and principles for ensuring the safety of CIGÉO.

The review focused on the strategy of research & development, knowledge acquisition, and the approach for defining scenarios for operational and post-closure safety assessment. It also addressed the approach for post Fukushima actions. The review was carried out against relevant IAEA safety standards and proven international practice and experience. The team identified good practice as well as recommendations and suggestions to further demonstrate the robustness of the disposal facility. Full Report

Re-accreditation of the IAEA Testing Laboratory for the next 5 years

27-28 October 2016 - The IAEA maintains its own services for radiation safety monitoring. These services are accredited in the Testing Laboratories of the IAEA under the internationally recognized quality standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Last week, the Laboratory went through a reaccreditation audit conducted by Akkreditierung Austria, the Austrian National Accreditation Body in the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Based on this audit and accomplishment of follow-on items, the laboratory has been recommended for reaccreditation for an additional 5 years... Read more »

International Workshop on Public Exposure concludes in Cape Town

5-7 May 2016 - There are many situations in which the public is routinely exposed to radiation and national authorities may need to consider if some actions are justified to reduce exposure. These situations are referred to as “existing exposure situations”. Examples of such situations include land contaminated from past practices, radionuclides in food and drinking water in non-emergency situations and radon in buildings. While the basic principles of how to manage these situations are established... Read more »

Workshop for RASIMS Coordinators - Europe Region

5-8 April 2016 - The meeting was held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 5 to 8 April 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to assist persons nominated as RASIMS National Coordinators in the Europe region in effectively carrying out their duties, with the aim of ensuring that the information in RASIMS accurately reflects the radiation safety infrastructure in their respective countries... Read more »

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... Read more»

Interregional Consultative Meeting of Policy-Decision Makers on the establishment of a National Strategy for Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

18 December 2015 - More than 50 high-level policy and decision-makers from national ministries and regulatory bodies from Member States in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America gathered together on 16-17 December at the IAEA Headquarters to participate in a 'Consultative Meeting on the Establishment of a National Strategy for Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety'. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness among the policy-decision makers about the importance... Read more»

Consultancy to Develop a Draft Safety Report on Radiation Protection and Safety in Veterinary Medicine

27 November 2015 - The IAEA held its first meeting in the area of radiation protection and safety in veterinary medicine at its headquarters from 23 to 27 November 2015. Technological advancements and increased access to the use of radiation in veterinary medicine have created a need for guidance on occupational and public radiation protection in this area. Several Members States sent experts to participate and discuss the scope of the report... Read more»

Consultative Meeting of Policy-Decision Makers on the establishment of a National Strategy for Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

The meeting was held 16-17 December 2015, and followed up with policy-decision makers on the initiatives taken by Member States to establish a National Strategy for Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety, to build sustainable infrastructures and capabilities, in accordance with the IAEA Strategic Approach and as encouraged by the IAEA General Conference... Read more »

Fourth and Final Technical Meeting held on current phase of MODARIA: the IAEA project related to Modelling and Data for Radiological Impact Assessments - MODARIA II to begin in 2016

Thirty-five Member States sent 135 participants to the meeting which was held at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria from 9 to 13 November 2015. This fourth technical meeting culminated the work of 10 established working groups and the current phase of the project, aimed at improving capabilities in the field of assessment of radiation doses arising from environmental radioactivity… Read more»

International Meeting on Facilitation of States' Political Commitment to, and Implementation of, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

The meeting was held at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 2 to 4 November 2015. The purpose was: to explain the Code and the supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources; to discuss the non-legally binding nature of the Code; and to demonstrate the advantages of expressing political support for the Code, using examples of selected countries from all regions, to those States that have not yet expressed their support yet... Read more »

IAEA Standing Committee TRANSSC gives green light to revise the IAEA Transport Safety Regulations

The 31st Meeting of the Transport Safety Standards Committee met in Vienna at the IAEA from 2 to 6 November 2015. The main purpose of the meeting was to conclude the review of over 150 proposals for change received from Member States to determine if a revision is needed to the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (SSR-6) 2012 edition and its Advisory Material (SSG-26). The Committee agreed there is sufficient safety significance of the proposals to warrant a revision.  The process has now been launched that will ultimately lead to a new edition of the Regulations, scheduled for 2018... Read more

IAEA Mission in Tanzania helps Support the Establishment of an Independent Nuclear Regulator

14 October 2015 - An IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team concluded a 10-day mission to assess the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in the United Republic of Tanzania. The team of experts made recommendations and suggestions to help improve the country's legal and regulatory framework and functions in line with IAEA Safety Standards. Tanzania's Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) faced several challenges... Read more»


| Last update: Friday, 16 December, 2016.