IRIS Self-Assessment for the Integrated Review of Infrastructure for Safety based on SSG-16
The IRIS (Integrated Review of Infrastructure for Safety) methodology has been developed to support Member States in the self-assessment of their national infrastructure for safety against the IAEA Safety Guide SSG-16 Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Programme. The IRIS software functions as an independent self-assessment tool within the SARIS (Self-Assessment of Regulatory Infrastructure for Safety) system.
How can IRIS help you as a Member State in establishing the National Safety Infrastructure for your Nuclear Power Programme?
The objective of IRIS is to support Member States in establishing their safety infrastructure, essential for a nuclear power programme. IRIS provides a tool to:
- Gain self-awareness in their progress towards an effective and efficient safety infrastructure;
- Identify areas for improvement; and
- Strive for continuous improvement in implementing the 200 safety-related actions identified in SSG-16.
These actions are organized around 20 safety elements, following the structure of the IAEA Safety Standards Series. The actions should be carried out in the first three phases of the establishment of a safety infrastructure for a nuclear power programme in order to progressively apply the IAEA Safety Requirements. The self-assessment against the actions identified in SSG-16 allows each organization (e.g., the government, the regulatory body and the operator) concerned with nuclear safety to gain awareness of and engage in a continuous and dynamic progress to develop an effective and efficient national safety infrastructure for a nuclear power programme. The IRIS self-assessment tool aims at supporting Member States’ efforts in developing a nuclear power programme during the first three phases of the programme by:
- Assessing the current situation and progress realized to build the safety infrastructure;
- Identifying gaps between the current situation and expected status of the national safety framework, and listing areas where improvement is needed; and
- Encouraging Member States to take appropriate actions to strengthen the current safety infrastructure if necessary in order to reach compliance with IAEA Safety Standards.
- IRIS can be applied in all Member States embarking on a nuclear power programme, irrespective of the current phase of the development of their infrastructure for safety;
- IRIS is compatible with the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Guidelines and may be used in preparation for an IRRS in countries embarking on a nuclear power programme;
- IRIS enables efficient, comparable and objective implementation of the various phases of the IAEA self-assessment methodology, in particular through completing IRIS question-sets and providing evidence and justification to support answers given. The methodology comprises an internal analysis of the State's IRIS responses and evidence, leading to the planning and implementation within IRIS through a continuous improvement plan for the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Programme;
- IRIS is modular in both its design and use. IRIS includes 20 question-sets, one for each safety element of SSG-16. Focusing on the scope of the self-assessment, the software allows the selection of relevant question-sets, the organizations involved in the self-assessment and the phase(s);
- IRIS permanently archives self-assessment outputs in the form of a detailed IRIS Report, including the organizations’ responses to question-sets, appended documentary evidence and the analysis of responses;
- The structure of IRIS and its Report facilitate action planning for the continuous improvement of the safety framework in accordance with the expected status of the national safety infrastructure for a nuclear power programme;
- The IRIS Report is freely editable and, where required, is part of the Advanced Reference Material (ARM) for IRRS but also for other IAEA review programmes. Once the Report is agreed to be accurate and complete, it may be archived as a permanent record, thus serving as a comprehensive ‘snapshot’ of the status of the safety infrastructure for a nuclear power programme at a particular time;
- IRIS is available as server based application or as desktop stand-alone software. This software (which incorporates a high level of confidentiality and data security) will run on any Microsoft Windows® based system.
The IAEA self-assessment programme facilitates planned and progressive improvement of the IAEA Safety Requirements when establishing the safety infrastructure for a nuclear power programme. The IAEA encourages each Member State embarking on a nuclear power programme to conduct self-assessment on a regular basis when developing the infrastructure for safety, in order to measure progresses made since the last self-assessment.
The IAEA is providing support to its Member States in the implementation of the IAEA Self-Assessment Methodology and IRIS software. For further information or support with training, installation, use of the IAEA self-assessment process and IRIS, please contact the Regulatory Activities Section at NSNI.
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Note: The IRIS software functions as an independent self-assessment tool within the SARIS (Self-Assessment of Regulatory Infrastructure for Safety) system.