News from 2021

The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual workshop on “Design and Shielding Calculation for Linear Accelerators” for regulatory authorities in Latin America. The workshop was conducted in two four-hour (approximately) sessions on August 30-31, 2021. The seminar provided an overview of basic concepts such as workload, occupancy and use factors, HVL (Half Value Layer)...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) conducted the workshop “Methods for Inventory of Sources of Ionizing Radiation (SIR)” for the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) on August 12-18, 2021. The seminar provided an overview of the importance of building the country’s SIR registry and the appropriate approach to obtain and register information. Discussion topics included estimation methods of sources parameters, preparation of inventory inspections checklists, and an overview of the source registration software ARIS. The workshop provided Rwanda with foundational...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual training seminar on "Overview of the Cyclotron PET Licensing Process" to the Ghana Nuclear Regulatory Authority on July 26 and 28, 2021. RSRP experts conducted two 2-hour sessions providing an overview of the production and licensing of radioactive material for positron emission tomography (PET) using cyclotrons, covering PET radiopharmaceutical materials, safety requirements for the design and construction of PET facilities, and the principles of shielding and other radiation protection safety measures. Eighteen (...
On July 27, 2021, the US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual training seminar titled, "Introduction to Authorizing/Licensing the Use of Radioactive Material" for Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) member countries. During this two-hour seminar, RSRP trainers presented an overview of the general goals and requirements for authorization/licensing the use of radioactive material as described in the NRC’s consolidated guidance on materials licenses (NUREG 1556 series). Thirty-six (36) regulatory staff and other professionals from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq,...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual workshop on “Design and Shielding Calculation for Linear Accelerators” for the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority (ERPA). The workshop was conducted in two sessions of approximately 4 hours each, on July 13 and 15, 2021. The seminar provided an overview of basic concepts such as workload, occupancy and use factors, HVL (Half Value Layer)...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual workshop on "Design and Shielding Calculation for Linear Accelerators". The workshop was conducted in two sessions of approximately 4 hours each, on July 5 and 8, 2021. The seminar provided an overview of basic concepts such as workload, occupancy and use factors, HVL (Half Value Layer)...
On June 21 - July 2, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership participated in the IAEA-Argonne Regional Training Course on Responding to a Medical Event, the Role of the Regulatory Authority.The purpose of the event was to provide the participants with an understanding of the role of the regulatory authority when a medical event has been identified or reported. The training focused on roles and responsibilities of the regulatory authority in investigating a medical event, emphasizing that a reported or discovered event is an opportunity to...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered the workshop “Methods for Inventory of Sources of Ionizing Radiation (SIR)” for the University of Burundi, on June 14-18, 2021. The seminar provided an overview of the importance of building the country SIRs registry and the appropriate approach to obtain information and register it. Estimation methods of sources parameters were discussed, inspections checklists were prepared, and an Overview of the software ARIS was presented. The workshop provided Burundi with important information to plan and implement the strategy to...
On June 8, 2021, the US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) Program conducted a virtual meeting with the Chadian Agency for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (ATRSN) to discuss ATRSN plans and identify areas for future collaboration. ATRSN staff, the US NRC, and AdSTM representatives attended the meeting. The meeting resulted in important discussions on ATRSN´s vision for future bilateral collaboration, which includes staff training and development of requirements for specific practices.
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a 1.5-hour virtual training seminar on “Introduction to Well Logging” for regulatory staff from West African countries on May 25, 2021, and for East African/FSU countries on May 28, 2021. The seminar focused on the principles of well logging, the different techniques used for hydrocarbon prospection and radiation safety measures when using radioactive sources to measure porosity and density. Fifteen (15) regulatory staff from Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, The Republic of Congo and Senegal attended on the first date. Thirty-Two (32)...