IAEA IRRS Follow-up Mission Completed in Moscow

IAEA IRRS Follow-up Mission Completed in Moscow 19.11.2013

The IAEA IRRS team reviewed the implementation of the recommendations and suggestions made by the IRRS Mission, hosted by the Russian Federation in November 2009, and assessed the activities of Rostechnadzor in the areas of emergency preparedness and response, and regulatory implications of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident.

The IRRS Follow-up Mission highly appreciated the Rostechnadzor activities on improving the state safety regulation in the field of atomic energy use.

So, the Russian nuclear legislation has seen significant changes since 2009, thus strengthening the role and functions of Rostechnadzor. The changes were made to the federal laws "On the Use of Atomic Energy", "On Industrial Safety of Hazardous Production Facilities", "On Technical Regulation", "On Ensuring the Uniformity of Measurements" and other regulatory acts of the Russian Federation.

In addition, the IRRS follow-up team noted the timeliness and effectiveness of the Action Programme of Russian Authorities and Organizations Concerned in Implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety developed by Rostechnadzor after the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, which also includes supplementary assessment of the safety status of the NPPs being operating and constructed as well as research reactors.

The experts also emphasized that Rostechnadzor continued to further improve its regulatory framework with the regard for the IAEA safety standards in order to ensure a stable regulatory regime of nuclear and radiation safety as regards all types of activity in the field of atomic energy.

In the course of the Follow-up Mission the experts positively appreciated an effective effort of the independent advisory bodies of Rostechnadzor such as the Scientific and Technical Council and the Public Council of Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service, as well as the successful cooperation between Rostechnadzor and the federal executive authorities and organizations on development of regulatory documents in the field of atomic energy use.

The IRRS Follow-up Mission made recommendations and suggestions for further enhancement of the regulatory effectiveness of Rostechnadzor, and also determined good practices which could be recommended to the nuclear safety regulators of the other IAEA member states.

Among such good practices are a leading role of the Russian Federation in implementing the international cooperation on strengthening the global nuclear safety regime, an open dialogue between Rostechnadzor and regulators of other countries aimed at sharing the best regulatory practices and experience, and the availability of an adequate regulatory framework to assess the operators' emergency response plans.

An IRRS Follow-up Mission report is being prepared and will be published on the IAEA web site.


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