This is the first time that Georgia has hosted an IRRS mission, said Vasil Gedevanishvili, Head of ANRS.
The IRRS review covered areas including: responsibilities and functions of the Government and of the regulatory body; the global safety regime; activities of the regulatory body including authorization, review and assessment, inspection and enforcement processes; development and content of regulations and guides; emergency preparedness and response; occupational radiation protection; patient protection; discharges and material clearance; transport; waste management; and decommissioning.
The IRRS team observed regulatory activities and met with ANRS staff, and visited a storage facility for radioactive waste, a well logging facility and a medical centre.
The IRRS team provided a report on the status of implementation of the recommendations and suggestions made by the 2013 mission to the SJB and the Government to help them continue strengthening the regulatory framework.
The positive results of this IRRS follow-up review provide SJB with another confirmation of the good direction of our efforts in improving the national safety framework, which was recently strengthened by the adoption of new national legislation in the nuclear area, SJB President Dana Drbov said.
Greg Rzentkowski, Director of the IAEAs Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, said: The SJB is an effective and transparent regulator as evidenced by the findings of the IRRS mission.
However, Kenyas future nuclear energy plans were outside the scope of this IRRS mission.
The 12-member IRRS team comprised experts from France, Hungary, India, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe as well as three IAEA staff members.
The IRRS mission took place at RPB Headquarters in Nairobi where team members observed its regulatory activities and held discussions with staff.
The present IRRS mission report will serve as valuable input for our continuous development work.
The IRRS mission included interviews and discussions with SSM staff, representatives of the Ministries of Environment and Energy, Education and Research, Justice, as well as the Swedish Customs, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the County Administrative Board of Uppsala and the government-owned utility Vattenfall.
Throughout the mission, the IRRS team was extended full cooperation by all parties, said Ahmad Al Khatibeh, head of the IAEA Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Safety Section.