Belarus to Adopt IAEA's Nuclear Incident Reporting System

 18 Jan 2017 - Belarus' ambassador to Austria Alena Kupchyna presents her credentials to Director General of the IAEA Yukia Amano.   Courtesy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

18 Jan 2017 - Belarus' ambassador to Austria Alena Kupchyna presents her credentials to Director General of the IAEA Yukia Amano.  Courtesy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Following a recent interview with officials from the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor), Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported that the Republic of Belarus is set to join the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) incident reporting system for nuclear installations - the International Reporting System for Operating Experience (IRS) - which collects, systematizes, and analyzes accidents and incidents that happen at nuclear installations of IAEA member states.

On July 9-13, Belarus hosted an IAEA seminar for representatives from 14 Eastern European and Central Asian nations aimed at teaching them all there is to know about the IRS, including workshops on how to use the system in practice.

While Belarus is considered a "nuclear energy novice country," Belarus has been a member of the IAEA since 1957. As Belarus continues to expand its nuclear energy capabilities, Gosatomnadzor representatives are optimistic about the country's continuing adoption of IAEA principles and practices.

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