FACTS

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, the Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control and the International Atomic Energy Agency are enhancing the regulatory competence in Romania. The regional excellence project on regulatory capacity building in nuclear and radiological safety, emergency preparedness and response in Romania started at the end of 2013 and will be completed in April 2017. The project has a budget of 4.2 million euros, of which 85% is covered by the Norway Grants and 15% is covered by Romania.

The main activities of the project:

  • Nuclear safety

  • Integrated management systems and knowledge management

  • Oversight/inspections

  • Safety of the transport of radioactive materials

  • Emergency preparedness and response

  • Control of radiation sources

  • Radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel and decommissioning

  • Safeguards

The main results of the project:

  • 30 new regulations, methodologies, procedures and guidelines have been developed in Romania.

  • 16 regulations, methodologies, procedures and guidelines have been updated in Romania.

  • 18 workshops have been conducted to explain and to receive a feedback from stakeholders.

  • A total of 350 staff members have been trained over the course of 15 training events. 37 pieces of equipment have been purchased or upgraded (e.g. mobile communication devices for emergency response, software and hardware systems).

  • 5 field tests/pilot exercises have been conducted to examine improved arrangements.

  • A number of recommendations from the IRRS mission to Romania in 2011 have been integrated into this project.

  • 43 IAEA review missions and 21 IAEA expert missions have been conducted in Romania.

  • 13 documents have been developed and published by IAEA, and made available to all IAEA member states.

  • A full scale national emergency response exercise called Valahia 2016 was held in Romania in October 2016.

Project organization

Several of the project activities are carried out through the exchange of experience, best practices and capacity building between CNCAN and NRPA. The IAEA is receiving fund from NRPA through an IAEA extra-budgetary programme. IAEA's involvement guarantees the implementation of project activities in accordance with international standards and with the participation of international experts with special expertise in these areas.

One of the roles of the NRPA in the implementation of the project is to help to plan, organize and conduct a full scale national emergency response exercise in Romania, which includes safety, radiation protection and assessment of impacts and actions for a given event.

NRPA is also involved in the areas of nuclear safety, inspections, radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel and decommissioning activities.

IAEA assists CNCAN in the updating of multiple regulations, standards, methods and procedures, and the development of new documents. All new and revised documents are based on new experiences, including that of the Fukushima accident, and take into account the newest IAEA and WENRA guidelines.

CNCAN is responsible for achieving all project objectives. In addition, CNCAN coordinates activities with project partners, communication with project stakeholders, reporting to Program Operators about risks of the project, financial resources and publication of results.

Target groups:

  • CNCAN and CNCAN staff

  • Operators and owners of nuclear installations in Romania: Cernavoda nuclear power plant and the research reactors

  • Operators and owners of radioactive waste facilities in Romania

  • Emergency preparedness entities in Romania (in addition to CNCAN)

  • Users of radiation sources and radioactive materials in Romania

  • Organizations that transport radioactive sources and radioactive waste

Goals and objectives

The goal of the project is to improve the competence of the Romanian regulatory authority (CNCAN) through the exchange of experience, best practices and capacity building with the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).