A successful IRRS Follow-up mission to the Czech Republic

The State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) hosted the international team of senior safety experts of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who conducted the IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service) follow-up mission from 15 to 23 May 2017. The purpose of the mission was to evaluate the quality of the national regulatory framework and to compare it against Agency's safety standards in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection.

The IRRS follow-up mission reviewed the measures undertaken by the Czech Republic and, in particular, SÚJB, following the recommendations and suggestions of the 2013 IRRS mission. SÚJB´s experts provided the IRRS team with explanations concerning the current situation in the area of the new nuclear legislation as well as SÚJB’s regulatory procedures. The IRRS team found that the vast majority of the 2013 recommendations and suggestions were successfully addressed. The IRRS team representatives concluded that the new Atomic Act represents a solid foundation for a robust safety framework and that the Czech Republic had made significant progress, especially in the area of human resources management, including long-term strategic planning, and inspections and enforcement of legislative requirements. Only the topic of full development and implementation of SÚJB’s management system remains open. Its implementation is in progress and it is to be completed in the following years. Beyond the original findings, the IRRS team provided one new suggestion for improvement indicating that SÚJB should consider developing regulations to support the general provisions in the Atomic Act on existing exposure situations and remedial activities. International experts highlighted the openness of SÚJB and identified one good practice pertaining to SÚJB’s engagement in communicating with the public, including through a web conference. The IRRS team leader, Mr. Petteri Tippana, Director General of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), during the exit meeting with SÚJB Chairperson, Ms. Dana Drábová, and other participants, summed up the mission as one of the most successful in the history of IRRS. Ms. Dana Drábová stressed the importance of these missions as a tool for the mutual exchange of experience and information between IAEA member states.

The final mission report with the results of the mission will be provided within three months. A brief summary of the results of the mission can also be found in the IAEA press release.