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From December 17-21, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited the Republic of the Congo. Mr. Grigol Basilia, on behalf of the RSRP, met with officials from Congo-Brazzaville’s radiation safety regulatory authority, the General Department of Mines (GDM) and installed the Advance Regulatory Information System (ARIS) Version 2.5 software. In addition, Mr. Basilia provided training on the use of ARIS, particularly the Radiation Sources Database (RASOD) module, and trained the ARSN staff on the process for conducting a national...
From November 12 - 16, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) conducted a consultation for the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board (RPB) in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Rick Muñoz provided information and guidance to Kenyan regulators and industrial radiography authorized users with the objective of strengthening their regulation of licensing and inspection of industrial radiographic operations. The consultation resulted in providing the RPB with a number of suggestions and recommendations to improve and further develop their regulatory...
From November 5-9, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) conducted a consultation for the Ugandan Atomic Energy Council (AEC) in Kampala, Uganda. Mr. Rick Muñoz provided information and guidance to Ugandan regulators with the objective of strengthening the regulation of licensing and inspection of industrial radiographic operations. Industrial radiography employs high intensity radioactive sources to examine materials. The consultation provided the AEC with a number of suggestions and recommendations to further develop their...
From 8 to 12 October 2018, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited the Radiation Protection Authority, Nuclear Safety and Security (ARSN) of The Republique de Côte d'Ivoire. Mr. Grigol Basilia, on behalf of the RSRP, met with management and staff of ARSN, installed the Advance Regulatory Information System (ARIS) software on the computer purchased for them by the RSRP, provided training in the use of ARIS, particularly the RASOD module, and trained the ARSN staff on the process for conducting an national inventory of radiation...
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) held its 7th Regional Meeting for the Former Soviet Union (FSU) Countries in in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from September 10-12, 2018. The meeting was hosted by the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Agency of Tajikistan (NRSA) and was attended by 17 representatives of the regulatory authorities from six countries: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  The meeting was held at the NRSA Tajikistan Regional Training Center, which was constructed with RSRP assistance.The RSRP is...
On September 6, representatives of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) attended an event commemorating 10 years since the establishment of the National Agency for Regulation of Nuclear and Radiological Activities (NARNRA) in Chisinau, Moldova. Attending the ceremony were Violeta Ivanov (Head of Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and European Integration and Former Minister of Environment) Liviu Volconovici (Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment), Ion Apostol (Director of NARNRA) and NARNRA staff, Lars van Dassen (Director, Office for...
The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC’s)  Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) held its 3rd Regional Meeting for the Latin America and Caribbean region in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from August 6-8, 2018. The Dominican Republic National Commission of Energy (CNE) hosted the meeting that included 14 representatives of the regulatory authorities of eight Latin American countries:  Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.  The RSRP is an NRC-funded program that assists member country partners with efforts to...
On July 18, 2018, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), AdSTM, and the Georgian Agency for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (ANRS) met to discuss the recommendations from a February 2018 Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission to Georgia. The principle topics discussed included: updating the 2012 Main Nuclear Law, updating authorization and inspection processes to implement a graded approach for oversight of radioactive material facilities, human capital development including implementation of a training program for regulatory staff, and the development of a system...
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff attended the inauguration of the new office of the Georgian Agency for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (ANRS) on July 17, 2018. The project to rehabilitate a 3000 sq ft office space in a historical building in downtown Tbilisi was conducted in 2017. Twenty five (25) ANRS staff moved in and established regulatory operations in January 2018. The project was funded by the US NRC with oversight and advisory support from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and AdSTM, Inc. The visit was hosted by Vasil Gedevanishvili (Head of ANRS) and...
The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) has become very active in Africa.  To review progress made and develop activities for the next 24 months the 1st RSRP Regional Meeting in the Africa region was held in Nairobi, Kenya from May 21-23, 2018.  The meeting was hosted by the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board (RPB) and was attended by 17 representatives of the regulatory authorities from 11 African countries: Central Africa Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Senegal,...