Capacity building in Member States
The IEC is strengthening emergency preparedness and response in Member States through:
- Emergency Preparedness Review Services (EPREV)
- Technical support to regional cooperation projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America
- Technical support to national cooperation projects tailored to the specific needs of Member States (e.g. national planning, functioning of emergency centers, etc.)
- Implementation of national, regional and inter-regional training activities on specific elements of preparedness and response (e.g. first response, public communications, consequence management and medical response)
- Assistance in the development of emergency preparedness and response capabilities in States embarking on a nuclear power programme
To help Member States build EPR capacity, the Agency provides state of the art training at the interregional, regional and national levels, and is establishing regional EPR capacity building centres, with several centres per region, each focussing on a specific area (or areas) of specialization in EPR.
IAEA RANET Capacity Building Centre
The IAEA, in cooperation with the Government of Japan, has designated the IAEA Response and Assistance Network (RANET) Capacity Building Centre (CBC) in Fukushima Prefecture in 2013.
The Centre, located in Jichikaikan, is the collective designation for several activities that will be conducted to meet the need to further enhance Member States’ emergency preparedness and response (EPR) capacities, in light of the March 2011 accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The IAEA RANET CBC conducts diverse EPR training activities. Relevant IAEA radiological monitoring equipment is stored, used in the training activities and may also be deployed by the IAEA in case of nuclear emergencies in the Asia Pacific region, should such an emergency arise despite all efforts made to prevent it.
Under its Statute the IAEA is mandated to assist Member States implement its Safety Standards for the protection of health, life and property in peaceful nuclear activities. Moreover, under the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (Assistance Convention), the Agency’s functions include assisting with the preparation of emergency plans in the case of nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies and the appropriate legislation; developing appropriate training programmes for personnel to deal with nuclear and radiological emergencies; and helping Member States, through appraisal services, to establish appropriate EPR arrangements, including radiation monitoring systems for the prompt detection and characterization of environmental contamination.
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