RSRP Visits with NARNRA in Moldova

November 21st, 2019 — 

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 of last year’s IAEA IRRS (International Regulatory Review Service) Mission recommendations, concluding that NARNRA has made important progress to improve the radiation safety regulatory framework, but would need further efforts to enhance its regulatory regime. To that end, potential new projects related to improvements of the Moldova’s regulatory regime were proposed that could be supported by the RSRP program.

On the margins of this meeting, AdSTM staff also met separately with INOTEH, who is the main entity performing work specified under a Task Order from the RSRP program.   

Director Nedealcov of INOTEH, gave an overview on the activities accomplished since last meeting and results achieved. In addition, Mr. Nedealcov gave a tour of the laboratory, explaining the scope of activities being performed on behalf of NARNRA, and the corresponding equipment used.  The group also discussed  ways to improve the reporting structure, transparency of results archived and agreed on a template that can be used for future reporting to clarify and streamline this process.