An international team of senior nuclear safety and radiation protection experts yesterday concluded an 11-day mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in Greece.
The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission, which was conducted at the request of the Government of the Hellenic Republic, noted good practices in the country's nuclear regulatory system and also identified issues for improvement for the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) and the Greek competent authorities. These are aimed at strengthening the effectiveness of the country's regulatory framework and functions in line with IAEA Safety Standards.
"The IRRS team enjoyed excellent cooperation from the GAEC throughout its mission," said Tom Ryan, mission leader and Director of Regulations and Information Management at the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. "The GAEC staff were very open and candid in their discussions and provided the fullest practicable assistance."
The main observations of the IRRS Review team included:
Strengths and good practices identified by the IRRS team included:
The IRRS Review team identified issues warranting attention or in need of improvement, including:
In a preliminary report, the IAEA has conveyed the team's main conclusions to GAEC, and a final report will be submitted to the commission in about three months.
The IRRS team carried out a review of Greece's nuclear legal and regulatory framework for safety.
The IRRS review addressed the facilities and activities regulated by GAEC which involve radiation sources in addition to the waste management facilities. The research reactor GRR-1 in the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" was out of the scope of this IRRS review but will be included in the follow-up mission.
The mission took place from 20 to 30 May 2012 at the GAEC headquarters in Agia Paraskevi. A Press Conference was conducted at the end of the mission on 30 May. The IRRS team consisted of nine senior regulatory experts from nine IAEA Member States and five IAEA staff members.
About IRRS Missions
IRRS missions are designed to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the national nuclear regulatory infrastructure of States, while recognizing the ultimate responsibility of each State to ensure safety in this area.
This is done through consideration of both regulatory, technical and policy issues, with comparisons against IAEA safety standards and, where appropriate, good practices elsewhere.
More information about IRRS missions is available on the IAEA Website.