News from 2019

From October 28 to November 1, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) conducted a consultation at the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA) in Yerevan, Armenia.  Mr. John R. Madera, MBA, CNMT, ARRT provided a workshop with information and guidance for inspectors and managers at ANRA with the objective of strengthening regulation of medical facilities in Armenia that treat patients through the use of Linear Accelerators (LINACs), High Dose-Rate Remote Afterloader brachytherapy devices, cobalt-60 Teletherapy units, and...
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Partnership for Uranium Recovery Regulation (PURR) and the Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) programs conducted a consultation meeting with the officials from the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in Orlando FL, USA, from September 30 to October 2, 2019. The objective was to review the advances of Peru in developing its uranium recovery regulatory infrastructure. Daniel Gillen, from AdSTM, provided an overview of the U.S. regulatory structure for the practice and provided suggestions to the...
From September 16 to September 20, 2019, the US NRC RSRP conducted a consultation at the Peru Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN).  Mr. John R. Madera, MBA, CNMT, ARRT provided a workshop with information and guidance for inspectors and managers in the Technical Office of the National Authority (OTAN) of IPEN with the objective of strengthening regulation of medical facilities in Peru that treat patients through the use of linear accelerators (LINACs), high dose-rate remote afterloader brachytherapy devices, Cobalt-60 teletherapy units and Gamma Knife units. The topics covered included:...
From September 9-13, 2019, a consultation under the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s RSRP was conducted for the Central African Republic National Radioprotection Agency (ANR) in Bangui, Central African Republic. Rick Muñoz provided information and guidance to the ANR with the objective of strengthening their licensing and inspection of industrial radiographic operations and for inspecting medical facilities. In addition to the information exchange, formal inspections/site visits at a licensed industrial x-ray and hospital facility were conducted. The consultation provided ANR...
From September 9-13, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) provided radiation safety training in the Republic of the Congo. The workshop, which provided important, complimentary support related to the ongoing sources inventory project in the country, covered different aspects of nuclear and radiation safety and security, including the IAEA Code of Conduct. More than 25 participants from different national authorities participated in the activity. In addition, the Ministry of Mines and Geology received additional training on the...
On September 5, 6 and 7, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Office of International Programs (OIP), and the USNRC Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mugeh Afshar-Tous and Haimanot Yilma of USNRC and John Kinneman of AdSTM, Inc. met with the Director General and other officials from the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority (ERPA) to discuss the status of the national regulatory program for radiation sources, and ERPA participation in NRC partnership programs. Presentations on the NRC’s international program including the RSRP...
During September 5-6, 2019, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Mauritania to upgrade the Advanced Regulatory Information System (ARIS) to its latest version ARIS 3.5 at the National Authority of Radiation, Safety and Nuclear Security (ARSN). RSRP provided training for the upgrade that contains a newly developed module (OCCUDOSE) to manage occupational exposure information. Mauritania will play an important role in testing the new module and providing feedback to further improve the software.
During August 8-9, 2019, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Paraguay to upgrade the Advanced Regulatory Information System (ARIS) to its latest version ARIS 3.5 at the Autoridad Reguladora Radiologica y Nuclear (ARRN). RSRP provided training for the upgrade that contains a newly developed module (OCCUDOSE) to manage occupational exposure information. Paraguay will play an important role in testing the new module and providing feedback to further improve the software.
From August 5 to August 9, 2019, a consultation under the U.S. NRC RSRP was conducted at the National Commission of Energy (CNE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mr. John R. Madera provided a workshop with information and guidance for the regulatory authority at the National Commission of Energy (CNE) with the objective of strengthening its regulation of medical facilities conducting treatments of patients through the use of a linear accelerator or high dose-rate remote after loader brachytherapy devices. The topics covered included:Regulation, licensing, registration and inspection of...
During August 5-6, 2019, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) visited Uruguay to upgrade the Advanced Regulatory Information System (ARIS) to its latest version ARIS 3.5 at the Autoridad Reguladora Nacional en Radioproteccion (ARNR). RSRP provided training for the upgrade that contains a newly developed module (OCCUDOSE) to manage occupational exposure information. Uruguay will play an important role in testing the new module and providing feedback to further improve the software.