July 27th, 2019 — 

On July 17-26, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) conducted two workshops for the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (ANRA) Radiation Safety Department and the “Radiation Safety Center” technical support organization staff. 

The workshops covered the approach the staff can take to develop National Safety Standards (BSS) and its harmonization with IAEA’s GSR Part 3 and EU Directive and discussed the development of radiation sources licensing requirements that users will need to include in their license application.   

During the first workshop, the instructors provided presentations on requirements of the IAEA Safety Standards GSR Part-3, provisions of EU Directive 2013/59/EURATOM and contents of the Lithuanian Law on Radiation Protection and Lithuanian BSS. In addition, contents of the Armenian BSS were reviewed. The second workshop addressed graded approach, notification, differences between licensing and registration for authorization process as well as exemption from regulatory control. Also discussed were documents necessary to submit for authorization process and other issues related to authorization of practice with ionizing radiation sources. ANRA will use the information provided and recommendation made during the workshops  to finalize Armenian BSS and licensing requirements documents.