News from 2022

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited the National Commission of Energy (CNE) on September 7, 2022, to provide an overview of the program, discuss the status of ongoing collaborations, and to identify potential new projects. The CNE, through its Nuclear Division, oversees the use of ionizing radiation in the Dominican Republic. Several topics were discussed including an update of the national sources inventory, development of legislation and regulatory framework, public awareness and user outreach activities, and capacity...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) completed a 2-hour virtual training seminar on “Uranium Production Regulation”, for regulators in Zambia, on August 2, 2022. The seminar provided an overview of risk and the law, the regulations and a summary containing a ten-step guide for developing a Uranium Production Regulatory Program. Seminar attendance included thirty seven participants including regulatory staff from the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA).
RSRP visited the University of Burundi July 25-28, 2022, to conduct a workshop that included the installation of the ARIS 2.5 inventory software and training on its use. The University of Burundi staff performed several exercises that demonstrate the functionality and integrated operation of the ARIS system. Participants are ready to proceed expeditiously with developing a national registry of ionizing radiation sources and generators.
RSRP visited the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) on July 28, 2022, to discuss the status of ongoing collaboration and identify potential new projects. The RURA is in charge of regulating the use of ionizing radiation in the country. Several topics were discussed including a national sources inventory, regulation development and capacity building.
RSRP visited Zambia, May 16-19, 2022, to finalize discussions on establishing a radiation protection post graduate program at the University of Zambia (UNZA), School of Health Sciences, with support from the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) of Zambia and the US NRC. Participants discussed roles and responsibilities of UNZA, RPA and US NRC, course curricula and materials, selection of domestic and foreign course instructors, process for student selection, and the program’s schedule. Participants signed contractual documents for procurement of laboratory and office equipment, for...
On May 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual training seminar for Jordan on licensing and inspection of Cyclotron PET practices. The first session (May 11-12) focused on the “Cyclotron PET Licensing Process”, and provided an overview of the production of PET radioactive material and licensing; including PET radiopharmaceutical materials to be considered for the licensing of PET facilities, safety requirements for the design and construction of PET facilities, and the principles of shielding and other...
On May 9, 10 and 11, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual training seminar on “Cobalt-60 and Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Teletherapy Units Regulations and Inspections” for six regulatory staff from Niger. The seminar focused on several aspects of the US approach to regulating and inspecting teletherapy facilities, providing an overview of performance-based inspections and how inspections are conducted in the United States. RSRP instructors also presented a review of checklists and inspections documentation.
From May 4th to 5th AdSTM staff traveled to Armenia to meet under the auspices of the RSRP to hold a meeting related to further progress in the development of a new, updated version of the Advanced Regulatory Information System (ARIS). AdSTM staff met with the developers‘ team from the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center (NRSC) to assess the current stage of software development, and to discuss details of the final step to facilitate the first phase of ARIS upgrade process.
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual training seminar for Paraguay and Ecuador on “Overview of Cyclotron PET Licensing Process”. The seminar consisted of two sessions, on April 27 & 28, 2022; with each session lasting approximately 2 hours.   The seminar provided an overview of the production of PET radioactive material licensing including, PET radiopharmaceutical materials to be considered for the licensing of PET facilities, safety requirements for the design and construction of PET facilities and the principles of shielding and other radiation...
The USNRC delivered a virtual training for Paraguay focused on “Inspection of Cyclotron Operations”. The seminar consisted of two sessions, on April 20 & 21, 2022; with each session lasting approximately 2 hours. The seminar provided an overview of the key aspects to target during an inspection and the inspection with the cyclotron in stand by and in operation modes. Six (6) regulatory staff from the Regulatory Authority ARRN attended the seminar.