ISSC Extrabudgetary Programme
International Seismic Safety Centre (ISSC) Extrabudgetary Programme (ISSC EBP)
Enhancing safety of nuclear installations against external hazards
Started in 2007, the Extrabudgetary Programme of the International Seismic Safety Centre (ISSC EBP) is a series of technical study projects supported by Member State institutions that collaboratively contribute to enhance seismic safety and safety against external hazards at nuclear installations.
An IAEA Note Verbale was issued in 2010 announcing the start of the integrated ISSC EBP, encouraging Member States and governmental institutions to participate. A number of governmental agencies, regulatory bodies, educational and research institutions, industrial and private organizations are among participating institutions.
The participating institutions are nominated by Member State governments who then nominate key individuals through which the Secretariat communicates regarding the implementation of activities. Those participating institutions provide the EBP with contributions in the form of extrabudgetary funds, cost-free experts or support through hosting conferences.
The Secretariat created the ISSC EBP work plan based on project proposals of participating institutions, ISSC Scientific Committee advisory and resources given by donor institutions. The activities include: definition of work areas, working groups establishment, technical study meetings, working groups visits, conferences (workshops, training courses, symposia) and technical document drafting groups. The aim of the ISSC EBP work plan in every work area is to give technical inputs into current and future IAEA Safety Standards. Standards include those that fall in the ISSC responsibilities, namely, site evaluation of nuclear installations, site survey, external and internal hazards (of both natural-origin and human-induced) and design against external and internal hazards. ISSC EBP implements activities by collecting the latest technical issues and practical methodologies in Member States, sharing them in the working groups, and by planning strategic actions to bring such experience and knowledge in place.
The work plan defines ten work areas in which Member State participants are undertaking projects through the various working groups. For members of working groups to communicate each other, to store and draw technical resources, and to receive announcements about upcoming events and conferences, an information system with a cluster-designed database is available to participants of the EBP to communicate, to store, to draw upon technical resources and to be informed of coming events.
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