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IRRS Mission draws to a close

28 October, 2019

The 2019 Integrated Regulatory Review Service Mission to the UK (IRRS) has drew to a close last week.

Coordinated through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the 11-day Mission saw a team of 18 independent experts from across the globe scrutinising the regulation of nuclear and radiological safety.

Using IAEA safety standards and international good practices, IRRS missions are designed to strengthen the effectiveness of the national regulatory infrastructure, while recognising the responsibility of each country to ensure nuclear and radiation safety.

The mission was requested by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and hosted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Fifteen regulatory bodies were included within the scope of the review.

The IAEA has today published a press release to mark the conclusion of the Mission and will provide the final report to the UK Government in approximately three months. BEIS will subsequently publish the report, subject to Ministerial agreement, anticipated in February/March 2020.