UK Statement on Strengthening Agency’s activities related to nuclear, radiation

IAEA Board of Governors

Chair,

The UK thanks the Director General for the Nuclear and Radiation Safety report as contained in GOV/2020/2.

I would like to draw out some of the report’s key policy areas from a UK perspective. First, the UK is committed to transparency and places great value in the self-assessment and international peer review process, which enables the UK to enhance its radiological safety framework. The 60 peer reviews and
advisory missions that were carried out globally, including an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission to the UK in October 2019, are a crucial part of our shared commitment to both transparency and continuous improvement. We look forward to supporting the further development of these missions, including around ageing management, and commend their holistic focus on leadership, management and safety culture.

Secondly, The UK fully supports the Agency’s continuing focus on the revision of Safety Guides to reflect lessons learned. We continue to support the development of commensurate and outcome-focused Emergency Preparedness and Response arrangements for consistent use across Member States.

Finally, the interface between safety and security offers significant opportunities to support objectives in both areas. Security should be taken into account in the development of safety guidance. Although distinctive, they are interdependent and complementary aspects of safe, responsible peaceful uses of
nuclear. As was agreed by Member States in the Ministerial Declaration at the International Conference on Nuclear Security, we encourage the IAEA to continue to facilitate a coordination process to address the interface between nuclear security and nuclear safety.

The UK is s a strong supporter of the Unified System

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