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On April 5 and 6, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). John Kinneman of AdSTM met with senior officials from the Ministry of Mines and Geology and the National Radiation Protection Agency (ANR) to discuss ongoing nuclear safety engagement. The USNRC and CAR officials agreed on plans for a pilot source inventory project in the Bangui region, which will begin in late April 2019. In addition, the ANR and the USNRC discussed future regulatory development and inspection-related support...
From March 25 to March 29, 2019, a consultation under the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s RSRP was conducted at the Radiation Protection Authority in Lusaka, Zambia. Ms. Diana Thompson provided a workshop with information and guidance with the objective of strengthening regulation of medical facilities conducting treatments of patients through the use of a Linear Accelerator and High Dose-rate Remote Afterloader brachytherapy devices. The topics covered included:Regulation of Linear AcceleratorsLicensing and Registration of Linear AcceleratorsInspection of Linear Accelerator...
From March 25 to March 29, 2019, the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited the Bolivian Institute of Science and Nuclear Technology (IBTEN) in La Paz, Bolivia. Mr. Rick Muñoz provided information and guidance to IBTEN with the objective of enhancing their regulation of construction, licensing, and inspection of industrial irradiator facilities. In addition to the information exchange, a technical review of a construction application was conducted to assess the completeness of the application. The consultation resulted in providing...
On March 26, 2019, representatives of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) met with Eng. Mario Gutierrez Simon, the new Minister of the Radiological and Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Paraguay (ARRN). Brett Rini from the NRC Office of International Programs, and Sergey Katsenelenbogen and Paulo Ferruz from Advanced Systems Technology and Management Inc., represented the RSRP team that participated in the meeting. The meeting participants discussed the new organizational structure of ARRN, the purpose and benefits of the RSRP, and the...
From March 18 to March 22, 2019, a consultation under the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s RSRP was conducted at the Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security Authority in Port Louis, Mauritius. Ms. Diana Thompson provided a workshop with information and guidance with the objective of strengthening regulation of medical facilities conducting treatments of patients through the use of a Linear Accelerator and High Dose-rate Remote Afterloader brachytherapy device. The topics covered included:Regulation of Linear Accelerators and TeletherapyLicensing and Registration of Linear Accelerators and...
From March 3 to 7, 2019 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Chisinau, Moldova to discuss ongoing and future RSRP collaboration with representatives from the Moldovan National Agency for Regulation of Nuclear and Radiological Activities (NARNRA), and it’s Technical Support Organization INOTEH. The parties discussed continuing support for pre-licensing inspections, regulatory development to address the December 2019 IRRS mission findings, user outreach, training in safety aspects of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy. Peter Kelm...
On February 19, 2019, the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) representatives visited the Dominican Republic to meet with Eng. Luis Morilla, the new Director of the Nuclear Division of the National Commission of Energy (CNE). They discussed the status of ongoing bilateral activities as well as important opportunities to develop collaborative projects to support the CNE’s regulatory work in the Caribbean island. Mr. Morilla highlighted the importance of having a complete inventory of radiation sources and generators to enhance regulatory...
From February 5-9, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Mozambique. Eric Stahl of the NRC and Sergey Katsenelenbogen of AdSTM met with the Prof. Alexandre M. Maphossa, Director General of ANEA, and Dr. Mario S. Baloi, Head of Inspection, to discuss RSRP activities in Mozambique, including the planned inventory of radiation sources, x-ray generators and associated equipment, regulatory development and training. Specific discussion focused on Phase 1 of the inventory project, which covers the Maputo area and will begin in February...
From January 28 through February 1, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited the National Authority of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (ARSN) in Nouakchott, Mauritania. On behalf of the NRC/RSRP, Rick Muñoz met with IRSN regulatory staff to provide information and guidance with the objective of strengthening their understanding for regulatory requirements related to licensing and inspection of industrial radiographic operations. During the consultancy, Mr. Muñoz discussed NRC enforcement procedures and industrial...
From January 21st to 25th, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and AdSTM traveled to the Republic of Georgia and Armenia to meet with officials of the Agency for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (ANRS) and the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA) under the auspices of the RSRP. In Georgia, future cooperation activities related to regulatory law development were discussed, and two new Task Orders were signed to support ANRS activities aimed at meeting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommendations from their 2018 International Regulatory Review Service (IRRS)...