PAA authorization – The first step of NCBJ to fulfill the role of TSO2023.06.30 14:42 - Marek Pawłowski
NCBJ has been authorized by the National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA), which will allow the institute to support the activities of the Agency’s President in the field of safety of nuclear power plants and nuclear physics in practical applications. At the current stage, these tasks will be primarily related to the processes of licensing future power plants and supervision over their construction.
Statement on the PAA website:
The President of the National Atomic Energy Agency, Andrzej Głowacki, presented the authorization decision to the director of the National Center for Nuclear Research, prof. Krzysztof Kurek. The decision was handed over on June 30 at the PAA headquarters.
This document confirms the high quality of work provided by the authorized institution for nuclear safety. This is the first step in NCBJ’s application for the role of technical support organization for PAA in the process of licensing and supervision over the construction of nuclear power plants.
The scope of authorization for NCBJ includes: assessment of radiological effects resulting from safety analyzes for various conditions of nuclear power plants, probabilistic safety analyzes of nuclear power plants at levels 1 and 2, issues of nuclear physics in practical applications in nuclear power plants.
Authorization of laboratories and expert organizations
In the scope of activities related to the supervision and control of nuclear power plants, the PAA President may only use the assistance of authorized laboratories and expert organizations.
The Department of Nuclear Energy and Environmental Analysis will play the main role in the implementation of tasks related to expert support for the activities of the PAA President.
The Technical Support Organization (TS), referred to in the PAA statement, is a laboratory or other institution operating in countries with nuclear energy, whose main goal is to provide technical support for the nuclear sector, including nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations, and for supervision institutions. Requirements for TSOs may vary by country and by applicable regulations. In Poland, the target model is still being shaped.
The most common requirements for TSOs include:
Independence: The TSO should be independent of nuclear operators and government bodies to provide objective and independent assessments and technical advice.
Technical expertise: The TSO should have highly qualified technical staff with knowledge and experience in nuclear technology, nuclear safety, nuclear engineering and related fields. TSO employees should have appropriate qualifications and experience to effectively perform their tasks.
Access to information: TSOs must have access to relevant data, documents and information related to nuclear installations. This requires the full cooperation of nuclear operators, who should make the necessary information available to TSOs for assessments, inspections and audits.
Compliance with regulations and standards: TSO must operate in accordance with applicable nuclear safety regulations and standards in the country. It must also adhere to international standards, such as those set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Commission for Nuclear Regulation (ICR).
Training and professional development: TSO should provide appropriate training and professional development for its staff in order to maintain high technical standards. Staff should receive regular training on the latest technologies, safety procedures and developments in the field of nuclear energy.