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Uranium Production Site Appraisal Team (UPSAT)

An UPSAT review mission is designed to assist Member States to improve the operational and safety performance of uranium production facilities through all phases of the uranium production cycle.

An UPSAT mission is a peer review of one or more phases of a uranium production operation by a team of selected international experts having direct experience in the technical areas specific to that operation. Judgements of the performance are made on the basis of the collective expertise of the review team. The review is a technical exchange of experience and work practices aimed at strengthening the programmes and procedures and their implementation at the subject facility. The principal objective of the UPSAT programme is to identify areas that may require improvement and to formulate recommendations for introducing improved practices.

Conducted outside any regulatory framework and only at the request of the host Member State, an UPSAT facility review supplements other facility and regulatory efforts that may have the same objective. An international team of experts, convened by the IAEA, performs an independent peer review of source material, exchanging technical experience with the host organization and preparing a review report. A full review may cover numerous operational areas: community interaction, environmental impact, decommissioning plans, general safety, hydrogeology, hydrology, maintenance, ore processing, mine engineering, monitoring and reporting system, organization, quality assurance, radiation protection, security, training and waste management.

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