Enhanced nuclear safety cooperation with the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation
September 22, 2017
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation and exchange of information in nuclear regulatory matters with the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).
The CNSC establishes and maintains regulatory cooperation arrangements with its international counterparts to share information and best practices, with a view to further enhancing nuclear safety and security in Canada and abroad. Paragraphs 21(1)(a) and (f) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act authorize the CNSC to enter into these arrangements and exchange information under them.
The MOU was signed by the CNSC in Ottawa and by the FANR representative on the margins of the 61st Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference in Vienna, Austria.
The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; 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.
Shown in the image: Hamad Alkaabi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Austria, with Ramzi Jammal, Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
"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."
In addition to the MOU signed today, the CNSC maintains similar arrangements with nuclear regulators in 21 other countries.
The CNSC recently signed an updated MOU with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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