A nuclear power programme requires careful planning, preparation and a major investment in both time and resources. A decision to embark on a nuclear power programme represents a long-term commitment to safety and requires national and organizational infrastructure that will remain effective for the duration of the programme, including waste management and decommissioning.
The IAEA’s Specific Safety Guide on Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Programme (SSG-16) provides guidance on how States considering introducing a nuclear power programme can build safety infrastructure in line with IAEA safety standards. An IAEA methodology called Integrated Review of Infrastructure for Safety (IRIS) supports Member States as they assess their national infrastructure for safety on the basis of SSG-16.
The tabs below contain information about: IAEA relevant publications on establishing safety infrastructure for nuclear power, IRIS self-assessment methodology, cooperation with other organizations and networks to assist embarking countries in establishing a safety infrastructure for nuclear power, IAEA review services connected to establishing safety infrastructure for nuclear power and IAEA education and training means and material available to assist embarking countries in developing a safety infrastructure for nuclear power.