The Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE) publishes the final report of the IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service) follow-up mission in Greece which was conducted from 19 to 24 November 2017. The review concerned the national radiation protection and nuclear safety system, including the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE), as the regulatory authority. Specifically, the progress made in addressing the recommendations of the initial mission of the year 2012 was on the spotlight of the review.
According to the findings of the experts, almost all recommendations and suggestions of the initial review have been addressed. The progress made is summarized mainly in the following points:
- the update of the legal and regulatory framework in compliance with the latest international safety standards;
- the development and implementation of an integrated management system, emphasizing on safety culture;
- the development and implementation of a graded approach throughout the regulatory oversight;
- the enhancement of the national regulatory framework for the management of radioactive waste;
- the development of compliance assurance programme for transport of radioactive materials;
- the implementation of a "one-stop shop" authorization process that includes the monitoring of the justification for diagnostic examinations and doses optimization, which benefits the protection of patients.
The experts' team has also concluded in a new good practice and a new recommendation. The former concerns research activities implemented by EEAE in the field of radiation protection of patients and the latter the amendment of a specific part of legislation related to sanctions.
The findings of the reviewers are summarized in the press releases issued by IAEA and EEAE in November 2017: