News from 2017

From November 29 to December 1, 2017, John Kinneman of AdSTM, Inc. conducted an RSRP program assessment at the National Radiation Protection Board, Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. The assessment included meetings with the Acting Chief Executive Officer, other managers and the technical staff of the Radiation Protection Board, an overview of the National laws and regulatory structure and discussion of the uses of sources of ionizing radiation in the country. There is a clear history of expanding focus on radiation safety in Kenya, based in the Ministry of Health....
On November 27, 2017, John Kinneman of AdSTM, Inc visited the Chadian Agency for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (ATRSN) in N’djamena, Chad to discuss how RSRP can further support the achievement of the plans and objectives of ATRSN. Following a visit by RSRP in February of 2015, ARIS was installed at ATRSN and a national inventory of sources of ionizing radiation was completed. During the current visit, Deputy Director General and the staff of ATRSN discussed their experiences during the inventory process and with the RASOD module of ARIS. In addition, the management and staff...
Peter Kelm of AdSTM visited Moldova during November 13-15, 2017 to discuss the ongoing and potential RSRP collaboration projects with representatives of NARNRA, the Moldovan National Agency for Regulation and Radiological ActivitiesThe meeting addressed the successful update and/or development of 15 regulations.The meeting reviewed and updated Action Plan activities for 2018/19. It contains NARNRA requests for a server to support ARIS application, for transportation to support inspection activities and assistance in development of a National Emergency Response Plan (NERP). NERP development is...
From November 6-10, 2017, RSRP attended the kick-off meeting for the IAEA Radiation Sources Regulatory Infrastructure Development Project (RIDP) for select countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The objective of the project is assist member states in strengthening regulatory infrastructure. The meeting which took place in in Montevideo, Uruguay, reviewed the status of the countries' regulatory programs, discussed gaps and identified RIDP assistance activities for improvement. These activities generally fall into training activities and equipment purchase. Mario Rodriguez and...
From September 25-29, 2017, Rick Muñoz of AdSTM participated in a RSRP Mission to Uruguay’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines (MIEM), to provide technical support and training for the evaluation of the operational license application. The operational license authorized the use of a GE PET-Trace Model-800, 16 MeV unshielded cyclotron. The cyclotron was dedicated for F-18, C-11 Ga-68 and N-13 production for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies on human medical diagnosis and small animal research. The AdSTM representative provided training on licensing review and inspection protocols...
RSRP conducted a one-week workshop on Design and Shielding Calculations for Medical Radiological Facilities from September 15-19, 2017 for the Nuclear and Radiological National Regulatory Authority (ARRN) in Asuncion, Paraguay. As part of the ongoing collaboration with the ARRN, this activity provided new ARRN regulatory staff with technical skills important for shielding evaluation during inspections and licensing. X-Ray Diagnostic and Therapeutic modalities were discussed in detail for the purposes of shielding calculations and design optimization. The reference literature for the workshop...
RSRP visited the Regulatory Authority from August 21-25 to discuss the 2017-18 support activities and specifically a plan to improve a national registry of the radiation sources in Ecuador. AdSTM experts installed ARIS ver. 2.5 software and conducted in-depth training. Regulatory staff performed a number of exercises that demonstrates functionality and integrated operation of the ARIS system. Participants shared experience with collecting inventory information and development of national registries in other RSRP countries. AdSTM and the Regulatory Authority discussed the details and agreed to...
From August 9 to 11, 2017, the RSRP program visited the Senegalese Authority for Radioprotection and Nuclear Security (ARSN) to discuss progress on the current development of the sources & generators inventory project and to assess the opportunities for future cooperation. Similar to other countries in different regions, Senegal is putting significant efforts on the regulatory challenges that accompany the introduction of new technologies to the country, particularly the use of linear accelerators for Radiation Therapy. A variety of other topics were discussed and RSRP and ARSN will be...
RSRP provided installation and training on the Advanced Regulatory Information System (ARIS 2.5) for the Radiation and Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARRN) from August 16-18. The primary objectives were to update existing ARIS 2.2 software to ARIS 2.5, train ARRN staff in use of four modules of software (Licensee, RASOD, Authorization, Inspection) and introduction to the new user rights system. Training sessions were conducted for each module, and some exercises were conducted demonstrating the integration  among  all ARIS modules. Detailed guidance was provided on successful...
RSRP attended the kick-off meeting for the IAEA Radiation Sources Regulatory Infrastructure Development Project (RIDP) for select countries of Africa during July 17-21, 2017. Sergey Katsenelenbogen of AdSTM supported the IAEA event by participating in the development of the RIDP Action Plan and by sharing bi-lateral RSRP experience in development of regulatory infrastructure. US NRC has an established relationship with the Radiation Protection Board of Kenya (host country to RIDP event). International Regulatory Development Program (IRDP), a US NRC run assistance program www.irdp-online.org...