The Agadir stage, which brought together players from the nuclear and radiological sectors of the Souss-Massa Region, made it possible to present the Agency’s achievements within the framework of its five-year strategic plan 2017-2021, as well as its orientations. strategies 2022-2026.
The Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (AMSSNuR) has launched a series of regional meetings as part of its information and communication strategy. The Agadir stage, which brought together operators from the nuclear and radiological sectors of the Souss-Massa Region, made it possible to present the Agency’s achievements within the framework of its five-year strategic plan 2017-2021, as well as its orientations. strategies 2022-2026.
Which are focused on consolidating the achievements and strengthening the positioning of AMSSNuR as a regulatory authority with effective commissioning on October 26, 2016. Referring to the 2022-2026 strategic plan, AMSSNuR has oriented its actions around six areas, in particular, the continued consolidation of the legal arsenal in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 142-12 relating to nuclear and radiological safety and security and to the international standards and guidelines in the matter, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This essentially involves continuing to publish the regulatory texts necessary for the application of Law No. 142-12 prepared by the Agency.
These provisions will have to be supplemented by specific regulatory texts governing the aspects of radiological safety benefiting not only workers in the medical sector, but also patients, while being based on the norms, standards and international recommendations of the IAEA. in this area and good practices identified at international level.
Application of Law No. 142-12: 59 regulatory texts drawn up
Since its entry into force, the AMSSNuR has drawn up 59 draft regulatory texts necessary for the application of Law No. 142-12 and governing the use, transfer, transport and storage of ionizing radiation sources in several fields of activity, particularly in the medical field. It goes without saying that many branches of nuclear medicine have emerged, namely radiology, radiosurgery, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and oncology.
These specialties all employ a set of techniques using radioelements in humans, whether for diagnostic, therapeutic or biological research purposes. At the same time, the Agency granted more than 5,900 authorizations to users of ionizing radiation sources and carried out regulatory inspections covering more than 2,660 installations and activities involving ionizing radiation sources in almost all regions of Morocco.
Referring to the breakdown of inspection operations by area of activity, the equivalent of 39% of operations targeted the radiology activity. It is respectively followed by radiotherapy & brachytherapy activities at 17%, industry (16%) and nuclear medicine which have captured 14%.
For the rest, it includes teaching, transport activities and radiosurgery, as well as distribution. For the other areas listed in the 2022-2026 strategic plan, the AMSSNuR aims to strengthen its authorization and inspection system through the implementation of the digital and integrated platform (SIGAM) and the partnership agreement with PortNet and TMPA.
Support for operators in the sector, a necessity
It also involves, among other things, completing the development and operation of the national register of ionizing radiation sources, creating the entity of inspectors within the agency specialized in inspection in accordance with the requirements of Law 12-142, to establish a national register of doses received by workers in all the sectors concerned, to monitor the environment, as well as to implement the reporting system for radiological incidents or accidents.
As for the other areas, they are linked to the consolidation of the AMSSNuR’s contribution to the global system of nuclear and radiological safety and security, as well as the establishment of a culture of communication with users and a relationship of trust with the general public while supporting human capital and activating good governance systems and integrated management tools.
Like previous meetings initiated in other regions, one of the recommendations issued at the end of this stage is to support operators in the nuclear and radiological sectors in the implementation of the provisions of Law 142.12 and its related regulatory texts, as well as the training of human resources.
As a reminder, the AMSSNuR endeavors to organize its regulatory control action in a manner proportionate to the issues presented by the installations and activities using ionizing radiation sources according to a graduated approach, through the appropriate regulatory framework and systems. authorization and inspection, for the application of the legislative and regulatory provisions governing the assessment of the safety and radiation protection of various facilities and activities.
These systems are reinforced by actions to present the new legislative and regulatory framework and to raise the awareness of interested parties in terms of security, thus enabling the AMSSNuR to perform all of its regulatory functions.
Like the meetings organized in other regions, the Agency addressed regulatory and control issues in order to comply with the provisions of Law No. 142-12 relating to nuclear and radiological safety and security and international standards and guidelines on the subject, published by the IAEA.
It also involves informing the public about the regulatory processes relating to the safety of activities and facilities involving sources of ionizing radiation. Public information is one of the main missions of AMSSNuR, in accordance with the provisions of law n°142-12.
Yassine Saber / ECO Inspirations