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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was set up in 1957.

The major functions of the IAEA are:

· assisting to research and development in the field of atomic energy and its practical application for peaceful uses worldwide;

· encouraging of exchange of scientific and technical information on peaceful uses of atomic energy among research workers and specialists in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy as well as their training;

· establishing and applying the safeguards system against military use of civil nuclear programmes and developments;

· developing, establishing and applying safety standards to protect health and minimize the threat to the life and property.

The IAEA is led by Director General. The managing bodies are the General Conference, the Board of Governors and the Secretariat.

Rostechnadzor takes part in the preparation of Russia's national reports on implementation of obligations arising from the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (the review meetings for hearing the national reports are held every three years with the organizational meetings held six months before and six month after the meetings of the Contracting Parties).

Rostechnadzor representatives take part in the activities of the IAEA managing bodies (in the Board of Governors as the Deputy Chair from the Russian Federation and in the General Conference); working bodies (as a member of the Commission on Safety Standards representing the Russian Federation and as members and observers in the Committees on Safety Standards).

One of the areas of cooperation with the IAEA is that Rostechnadzor takes part in activity of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF), which promotes assistance to the countries embarking on the nuclear program or expressing willingness to expand their existing nuclear power programs. Likewise, Rostechnadzor’s TSOs participate in Technical and Scientific Support Organization Forum (TSOF) and various cooperation networks within the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN). A representative of Rostechnadzor holds a membership in the Steering Committee of GNSSN.

Rostechnadzor is also involved into activity of the Small Modular Reactors (SMR) Regulators Forum. A representative of Rostechnadzor holds a membership in the Steering Committee of the Forum, while other representatives of Rostechnadzor and the TSOs are members to all three Forum’s working groups.

In addition, Rostechnadzor representatives take part in the Agency's international conferences, technical and consultative meetings, and events within the Technical Cooperation Programme, including organization and conduct of scientific visits of nuclear regulators from embarking countries to Rostechnadzor.