The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) on Monday 5th of August 2019 hosted the Pre-ORPAS mission in Nigeria. The meeting which is in preparation for the upcoming Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) mission, had in attendance representatives from National Hospital Abuja, Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission, International Atomic Energy Agency, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.   

In his opening remark, the Acting Director General/CEO of the NNRA, Dr. Yau Usman Idris stated that Nigeria through the NNRA requested for the ORPAS mission to help strengthen its legal and regulatory infrastructure in occupational radiation protection. This will complement the existing legal and regulatory framework already in place in the country.

During his presentation on the ORPAS mission, Dr. Taofeek Ige, the National Liaison Officer informed participants that ORPAS provides independently reviews so that Member States (MS) can have all or some aspects of its occupational radiation protection programme. Assessments and evaluations are independently conducted against international safety standards to check legislative, regulatory and practical implementation by technical services providers and end users. ORPAS provides impartial assessment of the provisions for occupational radiation protection in respect to the assessment of occupational exposure from external sources of radiation due to the intake of radionuclides.

It is the first stakeholder’s technical meeting on occupational radiation protection appraisal service in Nigeria. Topics of presentations will include, ORPAS – The Mission & Objectives, ORPAS – Review Process, Status of Preparatory ORPAS mission to Nigeria, Occupational Radiation Protection Structure, Occupational Radiation Protection – Nigeria, Occupational Radiation Protection - Dose Assessment 2017, Challenges of Occupational Radiation Protection in Nigeria and Way Forward.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), regulating safety is a national responsibility, and member states have decided to adopt IAEA’s standards for use in their national regulations. For parties to the various international safety conventions, IAEA standards provide a consistent and reliable means of ensuring the effective fulfillment of obligations.


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