IAEA Concludes the IRRS Follow-up Mission to Pakistan

[9 March 2022]

Pakistan hosted an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Follow-up Mission comprising ten foreign experts from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and nuclear regulatory bodies of United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Ethiopia from 28 February to 7 March, 2022.

The IRRS is a voluntary peer review service of the IAEA, which upon request, evaluates the performance and effectiveness of nuclear regulatory authorities of the IAEA Member States in relation to international safety standards.

The objective of the Follow-up Mission was to review the progress made in implementing the recommendations and suggestions made by the Full Scope IRRS Mission previously conducted at Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) in 2014.The review team was satisfied with the overall progress made by Pakistan and lauded Pakistan’s efforts to keep its nuclear regulatory infrastructure and functioning at par with the international safety standards of the IAEA.

The review team found that advancements in Pakistan’s regulatory functions and activities has improved nuclear safety by enhancing the development of regulations and strengthening arrangements for regulatory inspections, authorizations, emergency preparedness and response, occupational radiation protection and environmental radiation monitoring.

The leader of the review team, Mr.Robert Campbell from United Kingdom stated that, “PNRA presented clear evidence of the actions they have taken to successfully address the IRRS initial mission findings from 2014” and “completing this work should lead to sustainable improvements in the regulatory and nuclear safety framework within Pakistan”.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Faizan Mansoor, Chairman PNRA emphasized that Pakistan accords highest priority to effective and efficient regulation of nuclear and radiological safety and thanked the IAEA for organizing this Mission at Pakistan’s request despite the restrictions imposed worldwide due to Covid-19 pandemic.