ANVS and ARPANSA sign cooperation agreement
On Wednesday 19 September 2018, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS) Marco Brugmans and the DeputyChief Executive Officer of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) Gillian Hirth signed a cooperation agreement at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna. This agreement sets out how cooperation between the two parties will be implemented. One of the objectives of the agreement is to exchange information on research reactors, with a view to the construction of the Pallas reactor.
The ANVS and the ARPANSA supervise the nuclear safety and protection of the public and the environment from the threat of ionizing radiation in the Netherlands and Australia respectively. Both organizations attach a great deal of importance to the sharing of information on regulation-related issues and standards for the regulation of safety, security and the environmental impact of nuclear facilities
Cooperation and the exchange of information
The cooperation agreement lays down how the two authorities will implement the cooperation between them and what information will be shared. It also contains arrangements on participation in courses and training and working together in the field of research. Cooperation is vital to the ANVS, which is why this knowledge-intensive organization works closely with international organizations, authorities in neighbouring countries and national stakeholders, thus enabling it to both share and acquire knowledge.