IAEA to review Japan’s regulatory system

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today started a peer review mission in Japan to assess its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety.

The IAEA’s Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission to Japan will take place between 11 and 22 January, the IAEA said in an 8 January statement.

At the request of Japanese authorities, the 24-member team meet with staff of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), observe regulatory activities and visit nuclear-related sites. They will also meet with other Japanese officials.

IRRS missions are designed to strengthen the effectiveness of the national radiation safety regulatory infrastructure, while recognizing the responsibility of each member state to ensure nuclear and radiation safety. The missions compare regulatory technical and policy issues with IAEA safety standards and, where appropriate, good practices elsewhere.

The regulatory review process also draws directly upon the wide-ranging international experience and expertise of the regulatory review team members.

The review results in a report that identifies good practices and provides recommendations and suggestions for improvements.

The team will deliver a draft report to the NRA on the last day of the mission. The final report will be delivered about three months after the mission’s conclusion.

The team comprises members from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, as well as five IAEA staff. The team is being led by Philippe Jamet, commissioner of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, while the team coordinator is Gustavo Caruso, director of the IAEA Office of Safety and Security Coordination.

A follow-up IRRS mission will be carried out no more than four years later to review progress in implementing the suggestions and recommendations of the initial IRRS mission.

The last IRRS mission to be carried out in Japan was in June 2007.

World Nuclear News