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Published: Training Material on Regulatory Inspection of Research Reactors


As a corner stone in the development of nuclear science and technology, research reactors provide an opportunity to acquire relevant knowledge, provide education and qualify nuclear professionals.

Around 60 countries have research reactors requiring regular safety inspection, which is a national responsibility. The IAEA plays an important role in supporting national authorities in strengthening regulatory supervision of research reactors around the world. It does that through review missions and workshops as well as publications, to help the development and implementation of licensing processes and inspection programmes.

A new training material, published recently, provides further support in this area. The latest addition to the IAEA’s Training Course Series offers a complete training package for regulatory inspectors of research reactors. The CD-ROM for Regulatory Inspection of Research Reactors — Training Material consists of a course manual, presentations as well as practical examples and exercises.

“The training material addresses the need of national authorities to build capacity for regulatory supervision of research reactors based on the IAEA safety standards and could be used for inspection of research reactors,” said Amgad Shokr, Head of the IAEA’s Research Reactor Safety Section. “It is particularly relevant to countries establishing new research reactor programmes.”

The training material contains information on the contents of the inspection programme and the conduct of the inspection, including preparation for, reporting on, and following up on inspections.   

The IAEA has over the past years hosted training workshops for inspectors of research reactors in Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Malaysia, South Africa, and, most recently, Morocco.

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