SAAPclass.PNGIn late April 2013, the IAEA launched a pilot of the new Design and Safety Assessment Review Service (DSARS) programme for embarking countries entitled the Safety Assessment Advisory Programme (SAAP) in Malaysia.  Established as a 2 phase programme, Phase 1 was delivered by the IAEA in collaboration with the NEPIO organization, the Malaysian Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC), through a workshop attended by executives from over 15 potential stakeholder organizations.  In addition, a special briefing session was held for high-level governmental decision-makers.
 
The SAAP Phase 1 workshop included an introduction to the design and safety assessment framework in the context of the IAEA Safety Guide Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Programme (SSG-16). Senior IAEA safety assessment experts explained the necessary technical safety infrastructure needed to ensure that the safety of nuclear power is evaluated and confidently demonstrated for protection of the public and the environment.  Safety assessment methodology, tools and human resources needs for regulatory bodies, owner operators, technical support and research organizations, and other stakeholders were discussed.
 
SAAP Phase 2 Mission will be conducted from 16 September to 18 October in Malaysia in collaboration with MNPC. The objective of this Phase is to jointly plan with the Government and other NPP stakeholders the capacity building programme for key components and high priority areas needed for safety assessment of nuclear power plants in preparation for the bidding and licensing process.
 
MNPC is capitalizing on this new DSARS/SAAP advisory programme to strengthen the national nuclear safety infrastructure in line with the IAEA standards and guidelines and international best practices.