The IAEA has held a regional meeting on the development of regulatory infrastructure and sustainable networks for the safe transport of radioactive material in Bangkok, Thailand, from 24-28 October 2016. The week-long meeting brought together 30 participants from 22 IAEA Member States and entities in the Asia and Pacific region. The participants reviewed the final outputs of regional technical cooperation (TC) project RAS/9/067, ‘Strengthening an Effective Compliance Assurance Regime for the Transport of Radioactive Material’, which aims to ensure the safe transport of radioactive material through the implementation of an effective compliance assurance regime.
Approximately 20 million packages of radioactive material are transported worldwide each year by land, sea and air. Radioactive material, used for a variety of purposes, must be transported to the place where it is used; however, the transport of radioactive material involves potential radiological hazards. To ensure the protection and safety of people, property and the environment, appropriate regulations at both national and international levels are necessary. Government authorities regulate the transport of radioactive material by means of national regulations, in which relevant international regulations and recommendations are taken into account. The IAEA Safety Guide TS-G-1.5 provides recommendations for ensuring that the transport of radioactive material, both domestic and international, is carried out in compliance with the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material.