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IRRS structure


IRRS Structure

The IRRS utilizes a modular form, designed to be tailored to address both generic and country-specific needs and to review circumstances where the scope of regulatory responsibility may be changing. Figure below also illustrates the facilities and activities within the scope of IRRS and how the core regulatory processes interface with them. The importance of the regulatory body’s management system is emphasized by its position in the diagram, overarching processes and activities. The IRRS review addresses both technical and policy issues.

IRRS Modules 1 to 4 cover the various elements of the framework for safety that are needed at the State level, regardless of the range and number of facilities and activities to be regulated.
Modules 5 to 9 of this matrix represent the five core regulatory processes. Each of these regulatory processes (namely, “Authorization”, “Review & Assessment”, “Inspection”, “Enforcement” and “Regulations and Guides”) are applied to all regulated facilities and activities.
Module 9 differs from Modules 5 to 8 since it comprises two levels of review. The first level is part of the core modules of the IRRS and is related to the process of developing regulations and guides. It addresses requirements R32 to R34 of GSR Part 1, as indicated in the Figure 2 below. The second level is optional and is related to the content of the regulations and guides issued by the regulatory body. It addresses compliance of regulations/guides with the corresponding IAEA safety requirements/guides.
Module 10 deals with the regulatory aspects of the nuclear and radiation emergency preparedness of the host country.
Module 11 includes a number of additional technical areas related to transport of radioactive materials; radiation protection; control of exposures, discharges and clearance; and environmental monitoring.
Module 12 discusses the interface of nuclear and radiation safety with nuclear security.
Policy issues discussions are held to foster exchange of information and experience between the reviewers and the host country expert.