For all facilities and activities within the scope, the IRRS review should always cover the following:
· Responsibilities and functions of the government (Module 1).
· Global nuclear safety regime (Module 2).
· Responsibilities of the regulatory body (Module 3).
· Management system of the regulatory body (Module 4).
· Authorization (Module 5).
· Review and assessment (Module 6).
· Inspection (Module 7).
· Enforcement (Module 8).
· Development of regulations and guides (Module 9, first level).
· Emergency preparedness and response (regulatory aspects) (Module 10).
In addition, at the request of the host state and as applicable, a review of regulations relating to the following facilities/activities may also be included in the scope of the IRRS (Module 9, second level):
· Radiation sources applications.
· Research reactors.
· Nuclear power plants.
· Fuel cycle facilities.
· Waste management facilities.
Additional technical issues may be included in the scope of the IRRS. These are incorporated in Modules 11 (Additional Areas) and 12 (Interfaces with Nuclear Security).
See Section 4 of the IRRS Guidelines for short descriptions of these additional areas.
Policy issues to be discussed during the IRRS mission are identified after reviewing a broad spectrum of information including, but not limited to, insights resulting from convention activities, international conferences and forums and previous IAEA safety review services conducted in the host country. The policy issues review may be further tailored to the host country’s IRRS mission through prior review of the host’s self-assessment and initial action plan.
Policy discussions between IRRS Review Team members and their host country counterparts are used to further the understanding of the attributes of an effective regulator and provide feedback for developing criteria to assess the effectiveness of regulatory systems. Whereas policy discussions may be held at a senior level, it is important that such issues are dealt with in a transparent and inclusive manner.
Further information on policy issues can be found in Appendix III and Section 7.4. of the IRRS Guidelines.
Wherever possible, policy issues should be linked to IAEA safety standards. In such cases IRRS recommendations maybe made as with technical issues. Occasionally however, there may be no direct link with the Standards and in such cases it is important to explain why the issues will be addressed and what outcome is expected.