Research Reactors Safety Section develops and implements programmes and activities for the safety enhancement of research reactors and fuel cycle facilities. It provides for monitoring and enhancing research reactors subject to project and supply agreements and helps Member States fulfil their safety obligations.
To enhance the safety research reactors in Member States, the Research Reactor Safety Section covers a wide range of topics, ranging from the siting, design, construction and commissioning of reactors to their operation and utilization and, eventually, their decommissioning. Among others, it develops safety standards for research reactors and promotes their application by Member States; gives assistance in applying the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors; promotes information exchange on operational experience through the Incident Reporting System for Research Reactors; and conducts Integrated Safety Assessment of Research Reactors (INSARR) missions and other safety review services on the request of Member States. The Section also conducts technical meetings and training activities to support Member States to build their capacity for safety.
The Section also works on enhancing the safety of nuclear fuel cycle facilities in Member States. Similarly to its work on the safety of research reactors, it develops specific safety standards for these facilities, promotes the operational safety of such facilities through regular safety review missions and the exchange of operational experience, organizes technical meetings and training activities on various safety areas are also conducted by the Section.