Commencement of an international peer review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards

Date released: Sep 02 2015, 10:06 AM

The Minister for Environment, Community, and Local Government, Mr Alan Kelly TD, welcomed a team of senior international experts to Ireland to commence a review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards in compliance with European directives.
 
On 31st August, the 14 member team which is headed by Ms Margot Tirmarche a Commissioner of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), met at the Custom House with representatives from Government Departments and State Agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE), which have key roles in radiation safety in Ireland.
 
The team of international experts, organised through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, will carry out a structured review of Ireland’s regulatory framework for radiation safety over the coming 10 days. Their findings will be made public at the end of the process.
 
Ireland has been preparing for this Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission since 2013 and this has involved a comprehensive self-assessment of current arrangements and practices in Ireland using an extensive set of questionnaires supplied by the IAEA.  Over the next 10 days, the expert team will assess and verify the results of the self-assessment. This will include site visits to observe regulatory inspections; interviews with regulators and radiation protection professionals and discussions with Government officials.
 
The IRRS Team held their first team meeting on Sunday 30th August and will complete the mission with a close out meeting and presentation of their findings to Government in the Custom House on the 9th September.

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