International Conference on the
Challenges Faced by
Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in
Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security:
Ensuring Effective and Sustainable Expertise

Brussels, Belgium
15–18 October 2018

 

Organized by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Hosted by Bel V

 

From 15 to 18 October 2018, Bel V has hosted, on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the “International Conference on the Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security: Ensuring Effective and Sustainable Expertise”.

This conference continued the tradition established by the three preceding conferences on this subject, which were held, respectively, in Beijing, China (2014), in Tokyo, Japan (2010) and in Aix-en-Provence, France (2007).

Like these earlier conferences, the 2018 conference played a vital part in the national and international efforts made to ensure the effectiveness of nuclear and radiation safety and security regulatory systems. The organization focused, in particular, on prerequisites and ways for maintaining and strengthening the actions of TSOs (Technical and Scientific Support Organizations) in supporting the enhancement of nuclear and radiation safety and security worldwide.

It was already recognized that nuclear safety and security are to a great extent scientific in nature and that a regulatory body with responsibilities for nuclear facilities and other licensed activities involving radioactive material needs to have permanent access to supporting expertise. One of the main conclusions of the 2018 conference concerns the need to assist Member States, especially with the development and strengthening, in an effective and sustainable way, of the scientific and technical capabilities that TSOs can draw upon in order to support regulatory bodies. This fourth conference on TSOs has also presented achievements that address the recommendations from the previous TSO conferences.

This conference was organized by the IAEA and hosted by the Government of Belgium through Bel V, in close cooperation with ETSON (European Technical Safety Organisations Network) and the ETSON Junior Staff Programme (ETSON-JSP).

The organization had the pleasure of the presence of Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Jan JAMBON. His address during the opening session of the conference strengthened the great importance the Belgian Government attaches to the development and maintenance of high expertise standards in nuclear safety and security.
  Conference Website

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