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Preparatory Meeting for IAEA IRRS Follow-up Mission Held in Moscow

On August 12-13, 2013, a preparatory meeting dedicated to the organization of the IAEA IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service) follow-up mission to be conducted in November 2013 was held in Moscow. A team of IAEA experts will visit the Russian Federation to review the compliance with the recommendations made by the 2009 IRRS mission and also assess the Rostechnadzor activities in the areas of emergency preparedness and response, and regulatory lessons learnt after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The 2009 IRRS mission resulted in a report which contained recommendations and suggestions for improving the efficiency of the state safety regulation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the Russian Federation, and also pointed out good practices, which could be recommended to the other countries and considered in (improving) the IAEA standards.

In accordance with the established IAEA procedure, the Agency organizes a follow-up mission in three or four years after the initial mission to verify the implementation of recommendations made by the previous IRRS mission.

At the meeting, Rostechnadzor presented results of the implementation of the action plan aimed at implementing the recommendations and suggestions of the 2009 IRRS mission, as well as tentative results of self-assessment within the modules of "Emergency Preparedness and Response" and "Regulatory Lessons Learnt from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident". The parties also discussed the procedure and other issues of the IRRS follow-up mission.

We should remind that Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service receives the 2013 IRRS follow-up mission under the order of the Government of the Russian Federation. The governmental order also states that concerned agencies other than Rostechnadzor will take part in the mission.

The IAEA has lately paid much attention at the issues of efficiency of the regulatory bodies as one of the key elements of the global nuclear safety regime.

The lessons learnt from the Fukushima Daiichi accident once again showed the importance of a competent and independent regulatory body, which would have the needed funds and human resources to effectively realize its state functions in the area of safety regulation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The IAEA IRRS missions are one of the tools determining the efficiency of a regulator's work.