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Regulatory Authority Information System - RAIS

The Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) is a software application developed by the IAEA, to assist its Member States in managing their regulatory activities in accordance with IAEA Safety Standards and guidance, including the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and supplementary Guidance.

RAIS promotes a consistent and common approach to the regulatory control of radiation sources while offering the flexibility to respond to the specific needs of the Member States, with respect to their national legislative frameworks, administrative structures and institutional and regulatory frameworks.

A new version of RAIS was released in March 2014. This version, RAIS 3.3 Web, is based on the previous version RAIS 3.2 Web. It provides additional features including web services, optimized performance and improved document management capabilities.

RAIS is available in the IAEA official languages Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish. RAIS 3.3 Web also includes a translation mechanism that enables use in any chosen language.

There's been a steady increase in the number of countries using RAIS. Currently 84 countries are regular users. Approximately one quarter of these countries use the standard RAIS package, while nearly three quarters have customized the system to varying degrees to suit their own requirements.

Scope

RAIS is a comprehensive system covering by default all main areas of the regulatory framework:

  • National regulatory infrastructure information
  • Facilities and Departments
  • Radiation sources and associated equipment
  • Authorization
  • Inspection
  • Enforcement
  • Workers
  • Radiation events
  • Technical services

It should be noted however, that the scope of RAIS, through its customization mechanism, can be expanded to cover other areas of interest to the regulatory body.

Advantages

The main advantages of RAIS are:

  • Compatibility with the IAEA Safety Standards
  • Extensive customizability to match national needs. Young regulatory bodies may use RAIS as a guide or model for establishing their regulatory program, while mature regulatory bodies may tailor the system according to their own national system
  • Data-consistency checking mechanism to minimize human error
  • Customizable description of regulatory functions as processes. RAIS provides for the management of these processes in accordance with the internal procedures, roles, and responsibility assignment within the regulatory body
  • Protection of data against unintentional modification or deletion
  • Access control by means of functional and data roles, to protect data against unauthorized access and to ensure data confidentiality
  • Provision for information dissemination to the public. The regulatory body can customize the public area according to its policy
  • Catalogues on manufacturers and models of sealed sources, radiation generators and associated equipment are included. RAIS provides a secure interface for connection to the International Catalogue of Sealed Radioactive Sources (ICSRS)
  • Possibility for regulated facilities to submit data online, subject to validation by the regulatory body
  • Possibility of exporting relevant information to other authorities and stakeholders through web services
  • Effective document upload management

Features

RAIS offers extensive customization options to respond to the specific needs of States with respect to their national legislative and regulatory framework, including:

  • Scope, i.e. data tables and data fields
  • Interface controls such as menus, data filters
  • Background functionality, such as data consistency checks, data protection
  • Reporting and data analysis tools

Support

The IAEA supports States in the implementation of RAIS through regional and national workshops, and by providing the necessary equipment and expertise for installation and customization of the system.

Download the RAIS system, related documentation and training material.

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| Last update: Tuesday, December 09, 2014.