News from 2019

From December 16-20, US NRC and AdSTM staff visited the NRSC, in Yerevan, Armenia and the IAEA, in Vienna, Austria to discuss the status of software development used to create a national registry of radiation sources and enhance a day-to-day regulatory oversight of radiation sources.In Yerevan, the team discussed user recommendations and updates to ARIS program and determined a path forward for incorporating the changes. These minor updates, when implemented, will improve functionality and user convenience for all ARIS modules. These changes will not require additional training or on-site...
From December 2-6, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s RSRP conducted a consultation with the Senegalese Authority for Nuclear Radiation Protection (ARSN).  Mr. John R. Madera, provided a workshop with the objective of strengthening Senegal’s regulations of medical facilities conducting treatments of patients through the use of 4 linear accelerators and 2 high dose-rate remote afterloader brachytherapy devices (1 Cobalt-60 and 1 Iridium-192). The topics covered included:Regulation, licensing, registration and inspection of Linear Accelerators.Regulation, licensing, and...
From November 19 to 20, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) contractor AdSTM (Advanced Systems Technology and Management), visited the Moldovan National Agency for Regulation of Nuclear and Radiological Activities (NARNRA).  The objective of this meeting was to discuss the progress made on an ongoing project with NARNRA and Innovative Technology (INOTEH, the Technical Support Organization for NARNRA) representatives and discuss potential short- and medium-term activities. During the meeting the group discussed implementation...
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 23-27, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s RSRP conducted a consultation with the Uganda Atomic Energy Council (AEC) related to the oversight of linear accelerators and brachytherapy devices.        Ms. Diana Thompson provided a workshop with the objective of strengthening Uganda’s licensing and inspection of medical facilities that use linear accelerators and high dose-rate remote afterloader brachytherapy devices. The topics covered included:Regulation of Linear Accelerators;Licensing and Registration of Linear Accelerators;...
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 16-20, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s RSRP conducted a consultation with the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) in Lusaka, Zambia. Ms. Diana Thompson, provided a workshop with the objective of strengthening Zambia’s regulation of medical facilities that treat patients through the use of Nuclear Medicine Technologies. The topics covered included:Regulation, licensing, and inspection of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine;Importance and contents of Quality Assurance Programs and calibrations;Transportation and disposal of Nuclear Medicine Materials;...
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...