International Atomic Energy Agency Integrated Regulatory Review Mission to Ireland 2015

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is planning to carry out an international peer review of Ireland’s radiation protection regulatory infrastructure in September 2015, as required under the EU Directives on Nuclear Safety and Radioactive Waste. The IAEA’s peer review process, known as an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS), was established by the IAEA to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of national regulatory infrastructure for nuclear safety, radiation safety, radioactive waste, transport safety and the general security of radioactive sources. The review will consider how the use of ionising radiation across all sectors in Ireland is regulated, including the medical, industrial, dental, educational and veterinary sectors.

The IAEA is quite clear that the IRRS mission is not an audit or inspection of a country’s radiation protection framework. Instead it will be an expert peer review of the current state of Ireland’s compliance with IAEA standards on the effectiveness of Regulatory oversight of practices involving
ionising radiation. The review will take place over ten days in September 2015 and will be carried out by a team of 14 international experts. It is expected that the input of senior representatives from key organisations will be required during the mission.”

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