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Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority (ERPA) has accomplished an international Assessment by IAEA.

An international team of senior safety experts that comprised 9 senior regulatory experts from IAEA member state and 2 IAEA staff has conducted an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission from 3 to 12 December 2017 which aimed to perform a peer review of Ethiopian NationalRegulatory Framework for Nuclear Radiation safety.

Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority (ERPA)  was already conducted a self - assessment and prepared an action plan following the request made by the Regulatory in July 2015 to be assessed internationally by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The results of the ERPA's self-assessment and supporting documentation were provided to the IRRS team.

In the opening event His Excellency, Mr. Solomon Getachew Director General of ERPA emphasized the values of the IRRS mission for the improvements and enhancements of regulatory functions. 

The IRRS review team made recommendations and suggestions after reviewing the following areas : responsibilities and functions of the government, the global safety regime, responsibilities, functions, the management system, the activities of the regulatory body including authorization, review and assessment, inspection and enforcement processes, development and content of regulations and guides, emergency preparedness and response, control of medical exposures, occupational radiation protection, control of radioactive discharges and materials for clearance, environmental monitoring, transport, and radioactive waste management. In addition, the team visited the waste management facility, service providers for occupational exposure and calibration, St Gabriel General Hospital, and the National Institute for Control and Eradication of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis including the observation on regulated activities and performance of inspection activities, including discussions with the licensee personnel and management.

The findings and recommendations of the review were presented by the team leader Mr. Mika Markkanen, Principal Advisor of the Finnish Radiation Nuclear Safety Authority(STUK). And Dr. Ibraim Shadad, representative of the IAEA, expressed his appreciation for the government for its commitment to handling the review as it is the first assessment for the country. He also mentioned Ethiopia is the sixth country in Africa who issued comprehensive Law regarding safety and security issues. He finally acknowledged the preparation and the information provided by the regulatory body for the 10 days review to be completed efficiently and effectively.

Lastly, His Excellency, Professor Afework Kassu, Deputy Minister for Ministry of science and technology expressed his appreciation for all representatives and Regulatory body staff who had a significant role in the feasibility of the mission. He also highlighted all the recommendations which are given to the government and for the Regulatory will be included in the strategic plan and some will be put in the action plan to use the opportunities that Ethiopia has in the agency (IAEA) as a member state.

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Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority and   Sudanese Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory  Authority has signed MOU to explore collaboration in a wide range of programs, projects and activities that are determined to be feasible and consistent with the guiding principles and organizational needs of the Parties.  In particular, the Parties mutually intend to cooperate in regulatory activities pertaining to the following areas: 
(i) Nuclear and radiological safety ; 
(ii) Transport safety
(iii) Radiation protection
(iv) Environmental impact of nuclear & radiological facilities and activities
(v Radioactive waste management and spent fuel management; 
(vi) Nuclear security
(vii) Emergency preparedness and response; 
(viii) Mining activities of radioactive materials 
(ix) Safeguards

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Workshop on Radiation Safety and Security conducted Workshop on Radiation Safety and Security conducted

A workshop organized by the National Nuclear Security Administration of U.S in cooperation with the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority was conducted at Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, from August 3 to 4, 2015. The workshop focused on the development of regulations that is a vital tool for the security of radioactive sources and nuclear facilities. Specific topics such as IAEA Code of conduct which basically provides guidance for developing policies laws and regulations to uphold the safety and security of radioactive sources, categorization of radioactive sources that helps maintain a high level of safety and security, IAEA Nuclear Security Series that serves as a guidance for establishing regulating requirements, regulatory development process that introduces a systematic process which helps make development of new security regulations more effective and efficient and principles that highlight effective regulation drafting were critically addressed in the workshop.

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