RSRP Visits the Ivory Coast

December 5th, 2017 — 

On December 4 and 5, 2017, John Kinneman of AdSTM, Inc. conducted a program assessment at the Radiation, Safety and Nuclear Security Authority (ARSN) of The Republique de Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The assessment included meetings with the Director General, the Deputy Director General, other managers and the technical staff of ARSN, an overview of the National laws and regulatory structure, the history of regulation in the country and discussion of the uses of sources of ionizing radiation in the country. In addition, there were visits to two authorized facilities, a non- destructive testing company conducting industrial radiography and a refinery where industrial radiography is conducted and level gauges containing radioactive material are in use. ARSN is a new organization having been created by a Nuclear Safety Law in 2013. However, the country has been a member of IAEA since 1963 and there was an active, if limited, Service of Radioprotection in the Office of the National Health Service since that time. The staff of that Service became part of ARSN in 2013. A registry of radioactive sources has been required by their laws since before ARSN was created and they are currently working to reconcile existing records with reality in the field. They have implemented an inspection and authorization program and are working to develop interfaces with other government agencies. During the assessment, the AdSTM and ARSN representatives identified activities to support the objectives of ARSN for further development and will continue to discuss and agree on an Action Plan for implementation.