September 16, 2015 – Ottawa, ON
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has signed international arrangements to cooperate and exchange nuclear regulatory information with India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) and the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI). The arrangements were signed during the 59th regular session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference, an annual meeting held in Vienna, Austria from September 14 to 18, 2015.
The arrangement with the AERB was announced during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Modi to Canada in April 2015. The arrangements with the NRA and ENSI were negotiated during the months preceding the general conference.
In addition, the CNSC agreed with France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety to extend, for another five years, the bilateral memorandum of understanding for cooperation and exchange of information on nuclear regulatory matters.
The CNSC establishes and maintains regulatory cooperation arrangements with its international counterparts to share information and best practices, with a view of further enhancing nuclear safety and security in Canada and abroad.
The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment, and to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.
“These types of arrangements with our CNSC regulatory counterparts are valuable,” said CNSC President Michael Binder. “They enable us to exchange information, experience and best practices, and to enhance training.”
CNSC President Michael Binder (Right) and Dr. Hans Wanner (Left), Director General of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate
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