Canada Signs Regulatory Cooperation Agreements on Nuclear Safety and Regulation with France, Finland and Romania at the International Atomic Energy Agency 54th General Conference
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September 24, 2010
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has signed its first-ever Regulatory Cooperation Agreements with the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) of France, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) of Finland and Romania’s National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN). The Arrangements were signed during the 54th Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Regulatory cooperation agreements underline the priority that the signatories assign to nuclear safety and the regulation of nuclear activities. They facilitate the exchange and sharing of information and personnel related to nuclear power plant and reactor design, safety-related research connected to the licensing and regulatory supervision of nuclear installations, the safety and security of radioactive sources and the storage, disposal and treatment of radioactive waste. The agreements are part of the CNSC’s ongoing efforts to learn from international best practices and share its extensive expertise with the regulatory bodies of other countries, and are in line with its commitment to ongoing improvement. In addition to those signed today, the CNSC maintains similar agreements with nuclear regulators in Argentina, Australia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Canada’s regulatory framework is recognized as providing for a comprehensive and robust authorization system with processes in place for the licensing of all facilities and activities. The CNSC establishes and maintains regulatory cooperation agreements with its international counterparts to share information and best practices, with a view to further enhancing nuclear safety and security in Canada and abroad. The Governments of France, Finland and Romania equally share this view.
“I am very pleased to have finalized these agreements with these CNSC regulatory counterparts”, said CNSC President Michael Binder. “Over the years, the CNSC has developed constructive relationships with IRSN, STUK and CNCAN. These agreements will help to maximize the mutual benefits of cooperation with these well-respected organizations.”
For additional information, consult: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/lawsregs/agreements/index.cfm
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