The IAEA self-assessment methodology is an organization’s internal process and management tool to review its current status, processes and performances against predetermined criteria, and provides for further planned and programmed development and improvement of the existing regulatory system. Self-assessment is a learning and enquiring process, and an integral part of the establishment and development of a regulatory body to become an effective organization.
The IAEA self-assessment methodology is based on a three tier model and this model can be adopted and used by regulators at any level, whether at an early stage of establishing a regulatory infrastructure or a mature stage of implementing a variety of managment and quality assurance programmes.
The IAEA also had developed the Self-Assessment of Regulatory Infrastructure for Safety (SARIS), a software which contains different questionnaires based on the IAEA Safety Standards, that could be used for assessment of the national regulatory infrastructure for safety periodically, but which should also be used in preparation for peer review missions such as the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS). SARIS has additional features and functionalities and is user friendly. The question sets it contains are regularly reviewed for consistency with the IAEA safety standards and have been extensivley revised including with feedback from users in member states.