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EU support to the efforts in the establishment of Compliance Assurance Regime for Safe Transport of Radioactive Material in Asia and the Pacific Region


The IAEA technical cooperation regional project RAS/9/067, 'Strengthening an Effective Compliance Assurance Regime for the Transport of Radioactive Material', aims to assist Member States and non-Member States in ensuring the safe transport of radioactive material through an effective compliance assurance regime. In December 2014 a regional event was organized in this effort with funding from the EU.

From 8 to 12 December 2014, a Regional Workshop on the Establishment of Compliance Assurance Regime for Transport Safety of Radioactive Material was held in Koror, Palau.

The workshop was hosted by Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board in cooperation with the Government of Palau. The IAEA Member States that attended were: Fiji, Cambodia, Laos, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka. Non-member States attending were: Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu. A delegate from the Pacific island forum Secretariat was also in attendance.  The instructors for the workshop were drawn from Germany, New Zealand, and the IAEA.

The workshop covered several key topics including an overview of an effective regulatory infrastructure for safe transport, the key elements of a compliance assurance programme for transport of radioactive material, practical exercises on transport package preparation, inspections, and emergency response  which referenced IAEA Safety Standards and guidance; and the introduction of the IAEA self-assessment tool in the Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS) for Thematic Safety Area (TSA) 7 for transport safety.

As part of a larger European Union initiative to enhance nuclear safety around the world, the EU supports several IAEA technical cooperation (TC) activities through the Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI) including five TC projects in Asia and the Pacific related to radiation safety issues.

      Project RAS/9/067 is carried out with funding
by the European Union and the IAEA.

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Last update: 26 Jul 2017

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