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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.

As of February 2012, a new version of the Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) has been released. This version, named RAIS 3.2 Web, is based on the previous version RAIS 3.1 Web and offers additional features which enhance the managerial aspects of RAIS and add more flexibility to the existing extensive customization options. The new features include extended data access controls, enhanced implementation of the roles and responsibilities as assigned within the regulatory body, extended ability to produce reports and certificates, and an enhanced implementation of enforcement as a regulatory process. RAIS 3.2 Web supports the IAEA official languages Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

RAIS continues to be available in the two earlier versions:

  • RAIS 3.0 with SQL Server Extensions. This version supports MS Access as well as SQL servers
  • RAIS 3.1 Web.

The web versions of RAIS, RAIS 3.1 Web and RAIS 3.2 Web, are equipped with a translation mechanism thereby making them multi-lingual.
As of December 2011, more than seventy countries use RAIS on a regular basis. Whilst 26% of the countries use RAIS without modification, 74% have customized the system to varying degrees.

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 RAIS provides, through its customization mechanisms, for expanding of its scope to cover other areas, if 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, using the customizability features
  • Data consistency checking to reduce human errors
  • Description of regulatory activities as processes, providing a link to the management system of the regulatory body. Ideally, RAIS is to be integrated within the regulatory processes such as authorization, inspection and enforcement
  • Protection of vital data against unintentional modification or deletion
  • Access control to protect data against unauthorized access and to ensure data confidentiality. This feature is enhanced in RAIS 3.1 Web and RAIS 3.2 Web by the means of functional roles and data roles.
  • RAIS provides a means 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. Additionally, RAIS 3.1 Web and RAIS 3.2 Web provide a secure interface for connection to the International Catalogue of Sealed Radioactive Sources (ICSRS)
  • RAIS 3.1 Web and RAIS 3.2 Web provide for online submission of data by the facilities, subject to validation by the regulatory body.

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 functionalities, such as data consistency checks, data protectors
  • 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: Thursday, September 26, 2013.