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The TSOF, established in 2010 by the IAEA, promotes collaboration among TSOs and other organizations interested in technical and scientific issues related to nuclear safety and security. TSOF is open to TSOs and expert groups nominated by IAEA Member States. Representatives of the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD NEA) and regional TSO networks participate as observers. A TSOF Steering Committee facilitates and oversees the implementation of the forum’s programme.
What does TSO Forum offer?
A platform to develop common approaches to build and maintain a high level of safety in line with the IAEA safety standards.
An initiative to help Member States in developing and strengthening their technical and scientific capabilities, based on an IAEA Technical Document developed with the support of the Forum.
Two consultancy meetings took place in Vienna in the week of July 17-21, 2017. Representatives of Regulatory Bodies and TSOs from Finland, France, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America drafted a TSO self-assessment and developed a case study to help Member States when developing their technical and scientific capability.
Presentation of TSO Forum September 28, 2016 in Vienna during the Plenary meeting of GNSSNBenoit de Boeck presented the main achievements and activities of the TSO Forum during the Plenary meeting of Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN).
10th TSOF Steering Committee:The 10th meeting of the Steering Committee (SC) of the Technical and Scientific Organizations' Forum (TSOF) was held in the IAEA from 27 to 28 October 2016 and gathered 14 participants from 10 Member States and from the European Commission. In addition, 10 experts from the Agency attended and provided presentations to the Steering Committee Members.
Consultancy meeting, July 4-6, 2016, ViennaFollowing one of the main conclusions of the last TSO conference in Beijing 2014, the TSO Forum members are currently evaluating the need of developing an action to support the development of technical and scientific capabilities in embarking countries, especially for TSOs supporting Regulatory Bodies and in synergy with existing support initiatives.
Consultancy meeting, August 22-26, 2016, ViennaThe IAEA Technical Document (TECDOC) provisionally entitled Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) and Their Services Provided in Support of Regulatory Functions was finalised during the Consultancy meeting which took place on August 22-26, 2016 in Vienna. This TECDOC, which focuses on TSOs and on the nature of the support they provide to the regulatory body, will be a major progress in the definition of the role and activities of organizations or organizational units providing expertise and services to the regulatory body on nuclear and radiation safety and all related scientific and technical issues.
9th TSOF Steering Committee, March 29-31, 2016, ViennaThe ninth meeting of the Steering Committee of the Technical and Scientific Support Organization Forum (TSO Forum) was held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 30 to 31 March 2016 with 18 participants from 12 Member States as well as from the European Commission.
International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security.Ensuring Effective and Sustainable Expertise
Workshop on Building Technical and Scientific Capabilities in Embarking Countries