On 19 September 2018, at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna, ARPANSA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gillian Hirth, alongside the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS), Marco Brugmans, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Through the MoU, ARPANSA and ANVS committed to cooperation and the sharing of research, with a particular focus on the exchange of information relating to research reactors.

ARPANSA can provide insights and share experiences with ANVS on regulating research reactors as the Dutch Government is in process of a new research reactor at Petten, in the country’s north-west. ARPANSA’s experience in licensing and regulating a modern research reactor, the Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor will be valuable to ANVS as it embarks on the licensing process for the new Petten reactor.

This agreement reinforces ARPANSA’s reputation as a leading regulator with specialist knowledge sought by international partners, and will foster further improvements on mutual technical and regulatory research and developments.

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