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On July 27-28, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) held a meeting with the Paraguay Radiation Protection National Regulatory Authority (ARRN). The meeting was held in Asuncion, Paraguay and was conducted by Catherine Iwanowski of the NRC’s Office of International Programs, and Mario Rodriguez and Mark Shaffer from NRC’s contractor, Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM). The meeting consisted of bilateral discussions with ARRN managers and staff as well as an ARRN Board Member from the Ministry of Defense....
On July 24-25, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) held a meeting with the National Regulatory Authority in Radiation Protection of Uruguay (ARNR). The meeting was held in Montevideo, Uruguay and was conducted by Catherine Iwanowski and Veronica Rodriguez of the NRC’s Office of International Programs, and Mario Rodriguez and Mark Shaffer from NRC’s contractor, Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM).The meeting consisted of bilateral discussions with ARNR managers and staff as well as a site visit to an...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a workshop to Seven (7) staff members from National Commission of Energy (CNE) and two (2) industrial gauge licensee authorized users on the licensing and inspection of Industrial Nuclear Gauge practices. The workshop included three formal in-class sessions and two days of on-site inspections. The in-class sessions focused on industrial nuclear gauge safety and security, with focus on the licensing process and inspection protocols The on-site inspections focused on the inspection process and inspection protocols at a...
 During the week of May 15, 2023, the USNRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered virtual training for inspectors, license reviewers, managers and other staff of Ghana’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority. The training consisted of ten (10) modules encompassing fundamentals for well logging with sealed sources, radiation safety for sealed and unsealed tracer sources, hazards from Naturally Occurring and Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Materials (NORM and TENORM), licensing requirements, performance-based inspection, security, and well logging events. Thirty-one (31)...
The US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a workshop to five (5) regulatory staff from Panama’s Ministerio De Salud (MINSA), Department of Radiological Health on licensing and inspection of Nuclear Gauge practices. The workshop included three formal in-class sessions and two days of on-site inspections. The in-class sessions focused on nuclear gauge safety and security, with focus on the licensing process and inspection protocols. The on-site inspections focused on the inspection process and inspection protocols at both fixed and portable nuclear gauges. The...
On March 13 – 17, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) delivered a virtual training for Uruguay on how the NRC instructs its inspectors to prepare for and conduct regulatory inspections focusing on the concept of Risk-Informed Performance Based Inspections. To complete this workshop, an NRC contractor traveled to Uruguay to observe regulatory inspections and provide comments and suggestions. The National Regulatory Authority in Radiation Protection of Uruguay (ARNR) organized and conducted regulatory inspections and applied the...
On March 10, 2023, the Panamanian Regulatory Authority (RA) in Radiation Protection, at the Ministry of Health, met with the RSRP representatives to follow up on current collaborative activities and discuss potential new projects. Several interesting topics towards strengthening the routine work of the RA were discussed. Several activities are currently under coordination, specifically related to capacity building and the national register of sources of ionizing radiation.
With the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission support, the 2020-2022 Master Program in Radiation Protection at UDELAS graduated four new professionals in Radiation Protection. The graduation ceremony was held on March 10, 2023. This Spanish language course was designed by the collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and UDELAS, with support from the Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP). This program has theoretical courses and a practical training where the students apply the new acquired knowledge in Radiation Protection. In attendance were the graduates and family...
On February 23, 2023, for the first time the NRC visited the Republic of Senegal Authority for Radioprotection and Nuclear Security (ARSN) in Dakar, Senegal. The ARSN is a long-term partner of the NRC’s International Assistance Program and the Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP), which has previously been on the ground in Senegal. This trip was an important opportunity for NRC staff to meet in person with ARSN regulatory staff and demonstrate their support for ARSN. Discussions during the visit included a review of past projects, the current priorities, and interests of ARSN...
On February 21 and 22, 2023, the NRC made its first ever in-person visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, when the NRC’s International Assistance Program and Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) went to Nouakchott to meet with the National Radiation Protection Authority, Nuclear Safety and Security (ARSN), a long-term partner of the Assistance Program. NRC contractors involved in RSRP have made several visits, but this trip was an important opportunity for NRC staff to show direct support for ARSN and have face-to-face meetings with regulatory staff. In addition to reviewing...