Training Course on the IAEA Safety Standards

This training course encompasses the historical knowledge of how, why, and on which principles the IAEA safety standards are developed and applied in countries. It aims at passing the knowledge to the next generation of employees in organizations involved in use and regulation of nuclear and radiation applications. It facilitates robust national nuclear and radiation safety infrastructures through disseminating knowledge and understanding of safety standards as an important area of the IAEA’s mandate.

The course is tailored for professionals (both young professionals and middle level managers) working in regulatory bodies, technical support organizations, operating organizations, and other organizations, who are involved in the drafting and review of IAEA safety standards or in the application of IAEA safety standards in their national regulatory systems or in day-to-day operations. It is also aimed at professionals in countries involved in IAEA peer reviews and advisory services or in national review missions.

Course Programme

  • Comprehensive information on the role, history, structure, philosophy and principles of the IAEA safety standards;
  • Overview of the scope of the IAEA safety standards and how the safety standards should be interpreted for optimal application at the national level;
  • Overview of the development process of the IAEA safety standards, and information on the involvement of Member States in the development process;
  • How to navigate and find relevant requirements and recommendations on topics of interests using available IAEA resources, including the IAEA Nuclear Safety and Security Online User Interface (NSS-OUI);
  • How the safety of facilities and activities is reviewed against the IAEA safety standards during the IAEA peer reviews and advisory services to countries.

The knowledge on the topics will enable the participants to develop, review and adopt or apply the IAEA safety standards, both through IAEA mechanisms and in their national regulatory systems more effectively.

Participation and Registration

Participants must be designated by an IAEA Member State or should be members of organizations that have been invited to attend.

Selected participants will be informed in due course of the procedures to be followed with regard to administrative and financial matters.

Time and Venue

The course is held annually in the IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria.

In exceptional cases, a national or regional session of the course may be held outside the Headquarters in addition to the annual session.

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