News from 2018

The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC’s)  Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) held its 3rd Regional Meeting for the Latin America and Caribbean region in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from August 6-8, 2018. The Dominican Republic National Commission of Energy (CNE) hosted the meeting that included 14 representatives of the regulatory authorities of eight Latin American countries:  Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.  The RSRP is an NRC-funded program that assists member country partners with efforts to...
On July 18, 2018, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), AdSTM, and the Georgian Agency for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (ANRS) met to discuss the recommendations from a February 2018 Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission to Georgia. The principle topics discussed included: updating the 2012 Main Nuclear Law, updating authorization and inspection processes to implement a graded approach for oversight of radioactive material facilities, human capital development including implementation of a training program for regulatory staff, and the development of a system...
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff attended the inauguration of the new office of the Georgian Agency for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (ANRS) on July 17, 2018. The project to rehabilitate a 3000 sq ft office space in a historical building in downtown Tbilisi was conducted in 2017. Twenty five (25) ANRS staff moved in and established regulatory operations in January 2018. The project was funded by the US NRC with oversight and advisory support from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and AdSTM, Inc. The visit was hosted by Vasil Gedevanishvili (Head of ANRS) and...
The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) has become very active in Africa.  To review progress made and develop activities for the next 24 months the 1st RSRP Regional Meeting in the Africa region was held in Nairobi, Kenya from May 21-23, 2018.  The meeting was hosted by the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board (RPB) and was attended by 17 representatives of the regulatory authorities from 11 African countries: Central Africa Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Senegal,...
From May 7, to May 11, 2018, a consultation under the RSRP was conducted at the Peruvian National Institute of Energy (IPEN) in Lima, Peru for the National Technical Office Authority (OTAN). Rick Muñoz provided information and guidance to the Peruvian Regulatory Authority (RA) with the objective of strengthening their regulation of Construction, Licensing and Inspection of Medical Cyclotrons, Positron Emission (PET) Tomography and PET Nuclear Material Radiopharmaceutical Production and Distribution. The consultation was a component of the action plan for Peru that is included in the RSRP...
From March 19-23, 2018, RSRP conducted a one-week workshop on Shielding Calculation in Industrial Radiological Applications in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The recipient was the National Energy Commission (CNE) as the country Regulatory Authority. This is part of the undergoing collaboration CNE-RSRP aiming to strengthen Radiation Protection in the country. The workshop is designed with the goal of improving Regulatory capabilities to adequately support the safe operation and management of radioactive sources and generators commonly used in industry facilities. Topics included...
RSRP conducted a one-week workshop on Design and Shielding Calculation in Medical Radiological Facilities in La Paz, Bolivia, from March 5-9, 2018. This is part of the ongoing collaboration between IBTEN and RSRP aiming to strengthen Radiation Protection in the country. The workshop is designed to take into account the current medical technologies in the country and new equipment being introduced. Discussions included several medical imaging and therapeutic modalities for purposes of shielding calculation and design optimization, with a special focus on the Radiation Therapy Practice. The...
RSRP visited the Republic of Congo in the capital, Brazzaville, from March 5-7, 2018. An existing “nuclear” law provides legal authority over import and export, transport and storage and medical uses of radiation sources to the Ministry of Mines and Geology. RSRP met with a Senior Counselor, a Legal Manager and legal and technical staff at the Ministry of Justice, representative from the Ministry of Defense and the Director General and staff from the National Institute for Research in the Natural Sciences (IRSEN). Discussions included a new, more comprehensive law which will create a...
RSRP visited ANR during February 27-March 2, 2018 to discuss the status of the development of the regulatory body and to identify regulatory priorities that can be supported by the NRC/RSRP program. Plans for a country wide inventory were discussed in detail. The discussions covered outreach to the user community, preparation for and execution of the inventory project and development of the national registry. ANR described the overall status of the regulatory program and shared the content of a development plan which includes finalization of the main Law, development of the Nuclear and...