The IAEA has a statutory function to establish standards for the protection of health, life and property against ionizing radiation and to provide for the application of these standards to peaceful nuclear activities. Education and Training (E&T) is one of the main mechanisms to provide support to Member States in the
application of the standards.
A Steering Committee for Education and Training in Radiation Protection and Waste Safety, established in 2002, is aimed at advising the IAEA on the implementation of the strategic approach.
It comprises representatives from regional and collaborating centres, international organizations and IAEA staff with responsibilities for education and training in radiation, transport and waste safety
Establishment of a national Strategy for building competence
More specifically, IAEA’s Strategic Approach to Education and Training in Raidation, Transport and Waste Safety (2011-2020) recommends that Member States specifically develop a national strategy for education and training in the field. Such a strategy can be considered to consist of four interlinked phases, where the outcome of one phase is the starting point for the next phase, with the loop being closed by evaluation and feedback.
Mechanisms to assist Member States strengthen education and training
IAEA provide direct assistance to Member States via a range of mechanisms, such as by offering appraisal missions, running educational and training events and developing standardized syllabi. It has also supported the establishment of training centres at regional level These and other mechanisms are described below.
IAEA offer an Education and Training Appraisal
service to its Member States, with the objective of reviewing the national status of provisions for education and training in radiation protection. The host country is required to carry out a prior self-assessment based on IAEA Safety Standards and Guidance, which is then reviewed and validated by a team of international experts. An end-of-mission report describes the current national situation and identifies opportunities for improvement. The Scope of the EduTA service includes:
Competence Building Tools -
IAEA has developed a large portfolio of material to support the conduction of education and training activities in radiation, transport and waste safety (Figure below left), including the
postgraduate educational course and specialized training courses.
- Carrying out a detailed appraisal of the status of the provisions for education and training in radiation protection and the safety of radiation sources, including the identification of the national education and training needs
- Identifying areas in education and training, where the provisions should be improved (i) to cope with national education and training needs, (ii) to comply with IAEA safety standards, (iii) to adopt best practices
- Making recommendations on actions to be taken to cope with the education and training recommendations as stated in the IAEA safety requirements and guides.
Training Centers at regional level have been established with the Agency’s support (Figure below right). They represent strong regional resources providing education and training courses for the Member States in the region and
assisting individual Member States, in collaboration with the IAEA, in establishing and implementing national strategies for building competence through education and training.
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