The initial phase of cooperation with the Iran Nuclear Regulatory Authority (INRA), launched in April 2017, is coming to an end. Recall that the main objective of this program was to implement the activities as defined in Annex III of the JCPOA. From a practical point of view, this meant to enhance the regulatory oversight for nuclear safety and increase the safety and protection of the population and environment in Iran.
Together with the Nuclear Regulatory Bodies of Slovenia, Hungary, Czechia, and the Slovak Republic, ENCO is leading the project within the framework of the European Consortium. The project involved the best European practices of nuclear regulatory experience and know-how in compliance with IAEA standards and guides.
The main tasks that have been achieved:
- development of a feasibility study assessing in detail the technical and administrative requirements for the set-up of a modern and state-of-the-art Nuclear Safety Centre (NSC) together with INRA;
- supporting and facilitating technical and professional training and exchanging lessons learned for reactor and facility operators, regulatory authority personnel, and related support organizations.
Also, together with the Nuclear Safety Research Institute, several training and tutoring sessions for the INRA staff were conducted as part of the Nuclear Safety School.
It is worth noting that despite the completion of the project, joint work with Iran in the direction of civil nuclear safety will continue. For example, two projects under the auspices of the EU launched in 2018 and 2022 will continue to work in this direction.