IAEA & FORO launch a project to enhance nuclear safety

08 August 2019

The Ibero-American Forum of Radiological and Nuclear Regulatory Agencies (FORO) and the IAEA recently launched a project that aims to strengthen nuclear safety by improving and harmonizing approaches to the authorization and training of nuclear reactor personnel.

The project will result in a FORO guidance document based on good regulatory practices from the licensing process in FORO members Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Spain, all of which also are the IAEA Member States. The IAEA launched the project during a meeting held 22 to 26 July in Madrid, Spain.

During the meeting, participants compared their countries’ approaches and processes to identify and prioritize key aspects for safety related to the granting of licenses. They also observed a test session for reactor personnel and supervisors in a control room simulator that is a replica of the Almaraz nuclear power plant control room.

The project will support the application of guidance in the IAEA safety standards, including the Specific Safety Requirement on Safety of Nuclear Power Plants: Commissioning and Operation and related safety guides.

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