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Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS)

A national infrastructure for radiation safety is essential to protect people from the harmful effects of radiation. IAEA’s Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS) enables Member States to assess how closely their infrastructures for radiation safety are aligned with IAEA Safety Standards’ recommendations and requirements.

RASIMS is a web-based platform that gives Member States the framework for collecting, analyzing and viewing information that reflects the status of their national infrastructure for radiation, transport and waste safety. The system is specifically aimed at supporting those IAEA Member States that receive technical assistance from the Agency.

RASIMS is a password-protected, role-based system that allows users to see only their own national information. The information is entered by RASIMS counterparts in Member States and is then endorsed by the nationally appointed RASIMS coordinator, before being reviewed by an IAEA technical officer.

To ensure that all aspects of radiation, transport and waste safety are covered in a comprehensive and consistent manner, the information in RASIMS is grouped into Thematic Safety Areas (TSAs) that are derived from the IAEA’s Safety Standards. These include:

  • Regulatory Infrastructure (TSA 1)
  • Occupational Radiation Protection (TSA 2)
  • Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure (TSA 3)
  • Public and Environmental Radiation Protection (TSA 4)
  • Education and Training in Radiation Protection (TSA 6)
  • Transport Safety (TSA 7)

Information about Emergency Preparedness and Response (TSA 5) is collected via the EPR Information Management System (EPRIMS).

The information in RASIMS is reviewed by the IAEA during the development, approval and implementation of its technical cooperation projects. This helps to ensure that technical assistance is provided where it is really needed, and that the national radiation safety infrastructure is in line with IAEA Safety Standards prior to the procurement of any radiation sources.

For these reasons it is important that Member States ensure that their information in RASIMS is technically accurate, comprehensive and up to date. This is a key responsibility of the nationally appointed RASIMS coordinator.

Workshops for RASIMS national coordinators

The IAEA periodically organizes interregional workshops for RASIMS national coordinators to help them better understand their role and to familiarize them with RASIMS and the TSAs. These events also reinforce the importance of submitting accurate information that reflects the national situation and contains all relevant details.

The Agency works closely with the RASIMS national coordinators to ensure that the workshops are interactive and provide sufficient opportunities for the participants to gain hands-on experience in using the system and in updating their national information.

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