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Nuclear Regulatory Experts Conclude First-Of-Its-Kind Mission Reviewers Training

On 24 October 2013, the Basic IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service) Training (BIT) course successfully concluded its first four-day training course where 61 attendees from 38 countries and the European Commission participated. The training was conducted at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, with funding provided by the European Commission.

The IRRS was established by the International Atomic Energy Agency to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of national regulatory infrastructure for nuclear, radiation, radioactive waste and transport safety and the security of radioactive sources whilst recognizing the ultimate responsibility of each State to ensure safety in these areas.

Each IRRS team comprises from 10 to 20 reviewers who are recruited from IAEA Member States, the staff of the IAEA Secretariat and consultants from outside of the IAEA Secretariat. This first-of-a-kind training provided these senior regulatory staff experts and IAEA staff with the structured guidance and information they will need when performing their role as reviewers in upcoming IAEA IRRS missions.

"The IRRS basic training course was an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the regulatory review service and to deepen our understanding on the multiple dimensions of the implementation of the IAEA safety standards and guides, while preparing us to become prospective reviewers or advisors for our countries on the continuous improvement of the nuclear safety", according to Eduardo Figueira da Silva, National Nuclear Energy Commission – Brazil.

IAEA staff experts as well as experts from IAEA Member States took a little over a year to develop this four-day course , which covered the preparatory phase, roles and responsibilities of reviewers, the IAEA Safety Standards, review methodology, report writing and all items covered within the twelve modules of an IRRS mission.

"This training is given by experienced IRRS peer reviewers and should be considered as a 'must' for all future peer reviewers to IRRS missions. It provides the necessary information about the IRRS methodology, its organisation, scope and numerous recommendations to the reviewers based on past experience. After the training, the participant understands his expected role and responsibility as an IRRS peer reviewer”, stated Marc Noel JRC, European Commission.

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| Last update: Tuesday, 09 December, 2014.