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Drafting and Revising Nuclear Safety Regulations in Focus at IAEA School

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Regulatory staff during the 7th IAEA School on Drafting Nuclear Safety Regulations

Regulatory staff during the 7th IAEA School on Drafting Nuclear Safety Regulations held from 4 to 14 June 2018, Vienna, Austria. (Photo: IAEA)

Regulatory staff from nine countries sharpened their ability to draft and revise regulations in line with the IAEA safety standards during a 10-day course held in June in Vienna.

During the 7th IAEA School on Drafting Nuclear Safety Regulations held from 4 to 14 June 2018, participants learned how to draft and review regulations using the IAEA safety standards as a basis.

As noted in several IAEA safety standards, including the General Safety Requirement titled Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Safety (No. GSR Part 1 Rev.1), an up-to-date set of regulations underpins national regulatory frameworks for nuclear safety and the regulatory body’s judgements, decisions and regulatory actions.

The School, held annually, forms part of IAEA support to Member States to strengthen their capacity to develop and review regulations for the implementation of national laws on safety. This year, the focus was regulations related to management for safety and operational safety.

The 19 participants from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iran, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, supported and guided by international experts, analysed how their national regulations align with IAEA safety standards. The participants, all from countries that are using or considering using nuclear power, also drafted and revised regulation proposals to fix possible gaps.

The School Chair, Senior Regulatory Expert Lasse Reiman from Finland, noted that feedback from earlier schools indicated that it is a very effective tool for strengthening regulatory bodies.

Marian Iacobet, Nuclear Safety Adviser at Romania’s National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control, said the school offered useful training as well as networking that would support future experience sharing.

“It was a great opportunity for me to gain new knowledge so that I can improve the quality of my work on our national regulations,” he said.

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