Rostechnadzor Deputy Chairman Alexey Ferapontov has taken part in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission
Rostechnadzor Deputy Chairman Alexey Ferapontov has taken part in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission at Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on the IAEA’s invitation. In particular, he was involved in the review of the NRA’s activities in the following thematic areas (modules): responsibilities and functions of the government; global nuclear safety regime; and interfaces with nuclear security.
The IRRS mission was held in the period of January 11 to 22, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. The IRRS team comprised 19 experts from 17 Member States – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America – and five IAEA staff.
The team of international experts assessed the efficiency of the NRA’s activities in a number of modules such as responsibilities and functions of the government; global nuclear safety regime; responsibilities of the regulatory body; management system of the regulatory body; authorization; review and assessment; inspection; enforcement; development of regulations and guides; and emergency preparedness and response, interviewing officials of the NRA and other ministries and agencies during two weeks.
Summarizing the results of the IRRS mission, it was noted that the NRA has demonstrated independence and transparency since it was set up in 2012. The team also identified good practices and provided suggestions and recommendations for improvements in the efficiency of NRA’s activities. See relevant press release on the IAEA website.
The IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) is a tool for independent assessment of the current status of the national safety regulatory structure from the standpoint of its compliance with the requirements of the IAEA Safety Standards. IRRS is rendered by a team of international experts formed by the IAEA and led by a senior nuclear regulator from one of IAEA Member States.