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Transfer of Western European regulatory methodology and practices to the nuclear safety authority of Hungary (2nd year)

Transfer of Western European regulatory methodology and practices to the nuclear safety authority of Hungary (2nd year)


Beneficiary Organisation details

Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA)

Project Aims

The general objective was to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the nuclear safety regime in Hungary and to improve the organisation and performance of the HAEA/NSD.

Specific objectives:

  • Legal assistance in the development of codes, guidelines;
  • Assistance in the development of internal procedures;
  • Assistance in developing a regulatory regime in new responsibility areas (civil engineering and fire protection);
  • Assistance in further development of nuclear emergency preparedness practice in HAEA/NSD;
  • Assistance in regulatory safety assessment practice (NPP periodic safety review, approval of computer codes, ageing and life time management);
  • Safety classification and requirements, including approval of programmable logic;
  • Improvement of inspection practices, including technical radiation safety;
  • Assistance in reporting, experience feedback and performance assessment;
  • Assistance in the development of a regulatory body training practice (including development of communication to the public) and advice on NPP personnel qualification requirements.

Project Results

The HAEA/NSD has a strong commitment to consider the advises and recommendations produced during the execution of this project, as important contributions to its improvement programme. For some specific areas HAEA/NSD has already defined action plans.

  • The HAEA/NSD issued improved codes, guidelines and internal procedures on the basis of their review. The CWR performed an additional review of both the covered scope and of the content of a number of codes, guides and internal procedures. Guidelines are being set up by the HAEA/NSD to control the way computer codes are being used for safety analyses;
  • The HAEA/NSD is engaged in the development of an internal quality assurance (QA) programme and in particular of internal guidelines;
  • CWR experts reviewed Hungarian regulatory documents;
  • In the area of civil structures the HAEA/NSD has initiated an own regulatory decision-making process for implementation of international (i.e. IAEA) and/or American guidelines (i.e. USNRC), codes and standards in their own regulation;
  • The CWR advised that the passive and active fire protection measures should be regulated and that inspection activities should be reviewed;
  • The CWR consider that the HAEA/NSD has well assimilated and implemented the standard level of the western European regulatory methodologies and practices in emergency preparedness;
  • The CWR reviewed the Hungarian draft guide on periodic safety reviews and made comments on selected chapters of the Hungarian draft guide like Safety Analysis (deterministic and probabilistic), Environmental Impact, Emergency Preparedness, Qualification of Mechanical Components and Ageing. The CWR believes that the Hungarian new guideline, after final modifications, will meet the level of international standard;
  • The scope of the present HAEA/NSD work on technical radiation safety is still limited compared to more elaborated European regulatory practices. The HAEA/NSD is making good progress in establishing its own working procedures;
  • CWR have had very positive experiences when working with a number of HAEA/NSD staff and can confirm their high level of competence and experience in safety assessment capabilities;
  • The renewed reporting system introduced by the nuclear safety regulation in Hungary compares well with the international reporting practice. The HAEA/NSD mechanism to deal with internal operating experience is adequate;
  • The CWR concluded that the HAEA/NSD has started very effectively the development of a training system as a whole;
  • The CWR recognise that the HAEA/NSD have achieved concrete progress in their regulatory practice to control the qualification of NPP personnel and that they have well understood western regulatory methodology;
  • Communication strategy and public information activities of both regulator and licensee have been underlined. The HAEA/NSD was advised to define its own strategy and objectives to be achieved in this area;
  • HAEA/NSD staff was trained in European regulatory methodology by demonstrating Western European practices and transferring know-how at working meetings;
  • Workshops or training sessions in Hungary and in Spain, Finland or Belgium were organized to demonstrate Western European practices and to discuss Hungarian regulatory practices and documents;
  • Further recommendations and suggestions, where judged useful, were formulated.

Further Project Results

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General Information

Transfer of Western European regulatory methodology and practices to the nuclear safety authority of Hungary (2nd year)
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