Following the conclusions of various IAEA Technical Meetings related to developing and ensuring regulatory competence in Member States with nuclear power plants, the establishment of a Steering Committee to discuss issues, exchange information and advise the IAEA on how best to support the Member States' training programmes was strongly recommended. Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee were prepared and approved. The Steering Committee was established formally in 2009, and since then it has been successfully implementing its strategic action plan.
Amongst the achievements of the Steering Committee on competence of human resources of regulatory bodies in Member States with nuclear power plants, it can be noted the following:
- Revision and updating of the Systematic Assessment of Competence Needs and its associated questionnaires and software based self-assessment tool
- Research on best systems to ensure and manage regulatory competence. A safety report collecting current knowledge and good practices on management systems for regulatory competence is under preparation
- Sharing training courses and documentation amongst its members and creating a compilation of websites and internet resources useful for training of regulatory bodies available from the Member States and the IAEA
- Promoting and giving advice on the IAEA safety standards related to developing, ensuring and managing regulatory competence
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