ISTC SUPPORTS THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR SAFETY AND SECURITY CULTURE IN KENYA THROUGH PROJECT 60

Tuesday December 11th, 2018

The major challenges in the countries in Central and Eastern Africa in terms of radiation and nuclear risk mitigation are related to the safe management of radioactive sources that are growing in circulation. The protection of the environment, the workers and the general public against the related risks has thus to be regulated and implemented properly. That is why the EU-funded CBRN Project P-60 helps the government agencies and industries involved to achieve the necessary levels of quality, reliability and experience. In some of the countries, like Kenya, this started already several years ago. One of the institutions concerned is the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government statutory body with mandate to carry out metrology, standards, testing and certification services. In line with this mandate, KEBS conducted a workshop on "Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security" from 26 November to 7 December 2018, at Mombasa town, in Kenya. The workshop assembled middle level managers, shift operators, operating technicians and security supervisors in medical and industrial facilities. The workshop was attended by about 100 professionals from various sectors - industrial, medical, biomedical engineers, researchers, technologist, security, police and others. Participants in the workshop exchanged views on threat assessment, reporting on accidents…
Brief summary of P60 progress meeting in Lusaka, Zambia on 22 November 2018

Thursday December 6th, 2018

In the frame of the CoE project 60, the Progress review meeting was conducted on 22 November 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia. To minimize the costs, it was organized in the continuation of the WS on the Preparation of TTX and FX, also held in Lusaka. 27 national experts from 11 partner countries (PC) of the P60 attended (including five female participants) as well as four experts of the Implementing Consortium (ENCO, SCK-CEN, and STUK). The aim of this Progress meeting was to take stocks on the activities so far and the planned activities, to discuss about the progress made by the PCs, including events and actions taken, to discuss the situation on the collected documents in the PCs and to clarify the expectations of the review phase and on future development of national documents to reflect the gaps identified and recommendations. In term of the identification of gaps, the “Tool” to be used for the review is reflecting IAEA standards and international recommendations. Intensive interactions are necessary (and envisaged) between the Consortium and national experts during the review process and also during the phase where recommendations are established. Each PC presented the progress made so far within the P60 events,…
ISTC MANAGED EU PROJECTS FEATURE AT THE FORUM ON PEACE ANF SECURITY IN AFRICA

Friday November 30th, 2018

On 5 and 6 November 2018 in Senegal, the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security convened its fifth Conference titled “Peace and Security in Africa: stakes of sustainable Stability & Development”. The Forum launched at the 2013 Elysée Summit in France gathers every year numbers of African Chief of State and Governments, international partners, and multiple actors involved in peace and securities issues. The first four editions gathered more than 500 high level participants coming from all over the world. Numerous and fruitful debates contributed to tackle the emerging security challenges and strategic issues the African continent is currently facing. The discussions reinforce the African partnership with the relevant international organizations, and in particular, with the European Union. One of the co-organizers is the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, the think tank that in 2015 helped trigger the EU – African dialogue on nuclear security that resulted in two important EU projects: Support to the EU CBRN East and Central Africa Center of Excellence in Nuclear Security, and Support to the Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, both implemented by the International Science and Technology Center, and funded, respectively.by the EC Instrument supporting Stability and Peace, and…
Brief summary of the workshop on the preparation of the Regional Field and Table Top Exercises in Lusaka, Zambia from 19 to 21 November 2018

Friday November 30th, 2018

In the frame of the CoE project 60, the Workshop on the preparation of the regional field exercises (FX) and table top exercises (TTX) was successfully conducted in Lusaka, Zambia from 19 to 21 November 2018. 30 experts from 11 partner countries (PC) attended (including two female participants). Four experts of the Consortium (ENCO, SCK-CEN, and STUK) were implementing this Workshop. The Workshop aimed at discussing all important elements for establishing the framework for exercises: Objective, content and details of each scenarios; Availability of equipment and infrastructure for each TTX/FX; Logistics, roles and responsibilities of participants; Host country’s and Contractor’s team tasks and relevant procedures. The exercises are foreseen to address a variety of RN related challenges including: Cross border investigations of RN material; Illicit trafficking of RN material on land, sea and air; Nuclear forensics investigation related with illicit trafficking of RN material Radiological crime scene management; Uranium transport. For each theme, the Contractor’s team presented a general framework as well as a proposal for a scenario, including objectives, roles and responsibilities, equipment, infrastructure, logistics and procedures, etc. The presentations were followed by a plenary discussion with active participation and contribution from all PCs. This feedback supports the fine…
Brief summary of the Project 60 Expert Mission to Zambia

Monday October 15th, 2018

The Expert Mission to Zambia, in frame of CoE Project 60, took place in Lusaka from 3 to 6 September 2018. The fifteen staff of the main stakeholders, (one woman) including the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA); Zambia Police, Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force, National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR), Lusaka Fire Brigade, and Green Eagle Centre participated in the meetings and subsequent review visit to the RAW store. Two experts of the Consortium (ENCO, SCK-CEN, and STUK) implemented the mission. The objectives of the mission were to collect information on the status and issues of interest for the areas covered by P 60. The highlight for the mission in Zambia was that a significant part of the national CBRN team participated. Comprehensive discussion on the status and problems of main RN security issues was identified as being very useful for the CBRN NT. In terms of legislation and regulations related with radiological security and safety, a lot has been done in Zambia. At present, the Ionization Protection Act, No. 16 of 2005 and its Amendment, Act No. 19 of 2011, as well as the respective Regulations…
Summary of meeting with ten representatives of Project 60 partner countries on Thursday 20 September 2018 in ENCO office in Vienna, Austria

Tuesday September 25th, 2018

Some representatives of Project 60 Partner Countries were present for the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria during the week 17-21 September 2018. The ENCO used this as an opportunity to propose to meet all available representatives of P60 PC, hear their feedback on this project and discuss with them on several topics. These representatives from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia were welcomed by Mr. Bojan Tomic the ENCO Director, Mr. Nicolas Delaunay the ENCO team leader on project 60 and by Mr. Vladimir Rukhlo one of the main consultants of ENCO for this project. The objectives of this project, but also all past events and future events were reminded and summarized by the ENCO. Then, the floor was given to the PC representatives to express themselves about this project. The following topics were discussed. This meeting was followed by a joint dinner. The participants expressed their appreciation on the implementation of the project so far. Selected Radiological regulators specifically stressed that now, after the first period of implementation (about 18 events took place so far in Partner countries), the versatility of the project and the magnitude of related benefits became obvious to them. The regulators stated…
Brief summary of expert mission in Kigali, Rwanda 19-21 April 2018

Thursday September 13th, 2018

The ENCO’s consultants met in Kigali, Rwanda during their expert mission in Rwanda the National Focal Point (NFP) of Rwanda Mr. Pascal MUNYANGABE, from Ministry of Defence, Ms. Triphine NYIRARUKUNDO, legal expert from Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) the regulatory Authority of Rwanda, and Mr. Brian SAFARI from Ministry of Infrastructure. The ENCO team leader highlighted the topics to be discussed during this mission, according to the agenda that was sent in advance to the NFP of Rwanda. He also stressed that the main goals of this mission (and similar ones being undertaken in all P 60 PCs) is to collect information of relevance for guiding the activities on the project. The aim was also to provide first recommendations in the areas of interest, as appropriate. The Rwanda counterparts explained that RURA, the Rwandan regulatory authority has only recently been established. They also described RURA’s roles and responsibilities and presented the legal and regulatory framework of Rwanda. The explanation regarding the process to draft, approve and adopt regulations was provided and legal documents, including some draft regulations were shared. The review of legal documents and helping to draft regulations is of high interest to RURA. The Rwanda representatives also presented…
Brief summary of the field exercise on source search, identification and recovery in Arusha, Tanzania for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi from 30 to 31 August 2018

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

The field exercise on source search, identification and recovery was successfully conducted in French language for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi participants at the headquarters of the Tanzanian Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) in Arusha, Tanzania from 30 to 31 August 2018. The eight participants were coming from the partner countries DRC and Burundi. They were guided by three facilitators of ENCO and SCK•CEN and also assistance was received by technical staff from TAEC. On the first day, the Consortium representatives gave 5 different presentations on radiation physics and protection, equipment and technical explanations on the different phases of the search, identification, characterization and recovery of radioactive sources. It included a demonstration of personal protection equipment and of various detection and identification/characterization equipment by the Consortium facilitators and the staff from TAEC, during and after which the participants had ample opportunity to get hands-on experience with the equipment themselves. The scenario of the exercise was explained in detail and the relevant standard operating procedures were presented and discussed. The second day was devoted to the field exercise itself at and around the radioactive waste storage facility of TAEC. Following the exercise scenario, the participants, who were divided…
Spreading the Culture of Nuclear Safety and Security in Eastern and Central Africa

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

At mid-point of its implementation, Project 60 reaches out to more experts in nuclear safety and security in all eleven participating countries-members of the EU CBRN Center of Excellence in Eastern and Central Africa. Project 60 kicked off 2018 activities at a meeting in Addis Ababa Thirty-two national representatives from the P 60 participating countries gathered for a technical meeting and training in Addis Ababa in February 2018. Representatives from the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and EC DEVCO provided overview and details about the regional and thematic context that shapes the specific project’s goals and activities. The meeting’s participants touched on the existing legislative frameworks, inventory and regulatory control of RN material and the national emergency plans and contingency plans for RN incidents. A team of international experts led a three-day training workshop themed “Cradle to grave control of radiological material”. It introduced the IAEA’s Code of Conduct, standards and guidance, as well as the EU directives and best practices on control of radioactive sources. The participating countries highlighted their national arrangements and experience and elaborated on the national and regional challenges related with radioactive sources. Project 60 featured in Geneva during the preparations for the 2020 Review…
Brief summary of the Workshop on RAIS version 3.4 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 4 – 7 September 2018

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

The Workshop on Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) version 3.4 was successfully conducted at the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority (ERPA) facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4 to 7 September 2018, within framework of the project P60 “Support to the EU CBRN ECA CoE in nuclear security”. The Workshop had 25 participants, staff of the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority. The participants belonged to different departments and organizational teams including the (Notification Team, Authorization Team, Inspection Team and the Enforcement Team. One participant was from another Partner country, Seychelles, currently at ERPA on a Fellowship. The first day of the Workshop was devoted to the general presentations and detailed clarification on the RAIS. The Consultant provided 3 detailed presentations on RAIS, i.e. on general description of the system, on RAIS 3.4 Web Regulatory Model and on RAIS 3.4 Web User's Guide. The differences and upgrades between the RAIS versions 3.2 and 3.4 were also explained. The RAIS 3.4 version was demonstrated and participants had opportunity to ask practical questions and discuss their experience in using the RAIS version 3.2 in comparison with the new features of the version 3.4 that were presented. The following three days were devoted to practicing use…