Vienna: The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) on the cooperation and exchange of information in nuclear safety regulations.

The MoU was signed on Thursday on the sidelines of the of the sixth review meeting of the contracting parties to the joint convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, which is being held in Vienna, Austria, until June 1. The NNSA is China’s government agency that was established in 1984 to conduct independent and an objective nuclear safety supervision of civilian nuclear facilities in China and ensure nuclear safety.

The MoU establishes a platform of cooperation between the two nuclear regulators to exchange technical information, cooperate in nuclear safety regulation as well as provide training opportunities for FANR’s employees to be trained at the NNSA’s facilities.

Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, deputy chairman of FANR’s Board of Management and the UAE’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Liu Hua, Administrator of NNSA, signed the five-year MoU.

“Cooperating with international organisations and advanced countries in the area of nuclear regulation is essential for any nuclear safety regulator. Such cooperation supports FANR’s efforts as the UAE’s nuclear regulator to share experience and continuously enhance its performance. Also, it supports its efforts to build sustainability of the regulatory infrastructure in the UAE.” said Al Kaabi.

Internationally, FANR has over 19 international agreements and MoUs signed with international organisations and regulatory authorities of other countries to build national capacities, exchange of knowledge and information.