1st RSRP meeting in Latin America

September 16th, 2013 — 

Regulatory body representatives from countries from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Panama City, Panama during September 9-11, 2013 to discuss the status of the RSRP project activities. The objective of the meeting was to discuss progress on inventorying of radiation sources and the development of the national registry and to share project experience. The meeting was attended by countries currently participating in the RSRP program including Panama, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Paraguay and Paraguay and the invitee representatives of Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Honduras. Representatives of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center of Armenia(N&RSC; Armen Amirjanyan) and Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of Georgia (Grigol Basilia) presented the details of the newly released Advanced Regulatory Information System version 1.5 (ARIS 1.5). ARIS 1.5 combines RASOD, Licensee, AUTHORIZATION and NUCMAT modules. The version is currently in beta testing in the RSRP countries of the Former Soviet Union is due to be installed worldwide this year. Bi-lateral meetings were conducted to discuss on-going and future RSRP projects. These generally cover completion of inventory / national registries, inspector training, and physical infrastructure. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Health of Panama. The meeting was also attended by IAEA and observer countries of Nicaragua and Venezuela.