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4.0 National and International Co-operation

(i) National HealthAgency, MoHFW                             provides a peer review of both regulatory technical and
                                                             policy issues against IAEA Safety Standards. IRRS
     AERB has established co-ordination with the National    mission also provides an opportunity to exchange
Health Agency (NHA), MoHFW, to participate in the            professional experience with experts in the IRRS team.
Government’s mission of an integrated digital health
infrastructure, through National Digital Health Mission      AERB hosted the Integrated Regulatory Review Service
(NDHM). In this mission, AERB endeavours to integrate        (IRRS) Mission in March 2015 for Nuclear Power Plants
its regulatory process of issuance of Licences through its   (NPPs). The IRRS team had identified several good
online e-licensing portal (e-LORA), relating to medical      practices along with areas of improvement in the form of
radiation facilities in the country. Head, DRA&C, has been   recommendations and suggestions. The Government of
nominated as the nodal contact person from AERB for          India made the report of the IRRS Mission publicly
further coordination with NHAfor NDHM.                       available through the website ofAERB.

(ii) Directorate General of Foreign Trade, MoCI                   India has now invited IAEA for an extended IRRS
                                                             Follow-up Mission in India. The scope of the Mission has
     AERB participated in Inter-Ministerial Meetings         been extended to include radiation sources facilities and
convened by the Director General of Foreign Trade            activities. A preparatory meeting was conducted during
(DGFT), MoCI for technical review of applications for        July 21 - 23, 2020 in virtual mode due to the global COVID-
approval / renewal of ‘Recognition’ issued by DGFT in        19 pandemic situation. The terms of reference for the
respect of Pre-Shipment InspectionAgencies (PSIA).           extended follow-up mission were finalized during the
                                                             preparatory meeting. The meeting was attended by team
(iii) Preparatory Meeting of IRRS follow-up                  leader from Canada, and deputy team leader from USA and
mission                                                      IAEA Coordinator, senior management of AERB and
                                                             representative of Department ofAtomic Energy (DAE).
     The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has
established ‘Integrated Regulatory Review Service’           The follow-up mission scheduled in January 2021 is
(IRRS) to enhance the effectiveness of the national          provisionally rescheduled by IAEA to June 2021 due to the
regulatory infrastructures for safety. The IRRS mission      situation arising from COVID-19 pandemic.
provides a peer evaluation of the host country’s regulatory
infrastructures in nuclear and radiation safety in civilian
use of atomic energy. The IRRS regulatory review process

                            IAEA IRRS Preparatory meeting through Video conferencing
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