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Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11-15 December, 2000

International Conference of National Regulatory Authorities with competence in the Safety of Radiation Sources and the Security of Radioactive Materials


The Conference was organized by the IAEA and hosted by the Government of Argentina. It was attended by 89 regulatory officials from 57 Member States, 31 of those Member States being participants in the Agency’s Model Projects for the strengthening of radiation protection infrastructure. The European Commission participated.

Background

The first International Conference on the Safety of Radiation Sources and the Security of Radioactive Materials was held in Dijon, France, from 14 to 18 September 1998. The recommendations from this, which were brought to the attention of the IAEA’s Board of Governors and General Conference, led to the preparation by the Secretariat of an Action Plan which had the overall objective of which is to enable the IAEA to develop and implement activities to assist Member States to maintain or improve safety and security of radioactive materials over their life cycle. The Action Plan comprises seven distinct components, one of which deals with information exchange. The Buenos Aires Conference was in fulfillment of one of the actions under this component of the Action Plan.

Objective

The purpose was to provide a forum for fostering the exchange of information and experience on the development of adequate regulatory systems for effective control of the safety of radiation sources and the security of radioactive materials.

Structure

The Conference began with a number of scene setting presentations covering effective regulatory control of radioactive sources, the orphan source problem and the approaches to the search and recovery of orphan sources. Following this, national reports were presented. The conclusions were drawn together through a series of session and round table discussions.

Conclusions and outcome

A number of important findings was drawn from the Conference covering a wide range of topics. These brought to the attention of the IAEA Board of Governors in March 2001. As a consequence, the Board requested the Secretariat to assess their implications and to submit proposals for adjusting the Action Plan. A revised Action Plan was subsequently submitted to the Board of Governors in September 2001 and the Secretariat requested to implement it. This decision was then endorsed by the General Conference in the same month. proceedings

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