International reviews

International peer reviews of the regulatory framework are used at European and international level in order to strengthen the global nuclear and radiological safety regime, as well as the harmonization with the current safety standards. Although not of mandatory nature initially, international peer reviews constitute now a conventional obligation of EU member states under Directives 2009/71/Euratom and 2011/70/Euratom. Up to now, our country has been submitted to the following international reviews:

  • Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation, ARTEMIS Mission 2023. ARTEMIS is an integrated expert peer review service for radioactive waste and spent fuel management, decommissioning and remediation programmes. ARTEMIS reviews provide independent expert opinion and advice, drawn from an international team of specialists convened by the IAEA. Reviews are based on the IAEA safety standards, technical guidance and international good practices. An ARTEMIS peer review was conducted in Greece in 2023. The findings of the independent international experts highlighted the substantial work that has been done in the field and point out for improvements to be made.

Click to read more about the 2023 ARTEMIS Mission, as well as the final report of the evaluation.

  • Integrated Regulatory Review Service, IRRS (follow-up mission). The IRRS follow-up mission in Greece was conducted from 19 to 24 November 2017. The review concerned the national radiation protection and nuclear safety system, including the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE), as the regulatory authority. Specifically, the progress made in addressing the recommendations of the initial mission of the year 2012 was on the spotlight of the review. According to the findings of the experts, almost all recommendations and suggestions of the initial review have been addressed. The experts' team has also concluded in a new good practice and a new recommendation. 

Click to read more about the IRRS follow-up mission of the year 2017 in Greece, as well as the final report of findings.

  • Integrated Regulatory Review Service, IRRS. Greece is the first non-nuclear EU member state that has been subjected to IRRS. In 2012, the national regulatory framework of radiation protection and nuclear safety, as well as EEAE as the competent regulatory authority, were subject to an international peer review. The findings of the mission will set the basis for the complete revision of the national regulatory framework, which will be also required by the transposition to the national legislation of the new Basic Safety Standards Directive. 

Click to read more about the IRRS mission of the year 2012 in Greece, as well as the final report of findings.

  • Education and Training Appraisal, EduTΑ. EEAE was submitted to an EduTA mission in 2008. After the successful evaluation of EEAE education and training activities, a long-term agreement between the IAEA and Government of the Hellenic Republic to support EEAE as a Regional Training Centre in Europe for Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety was signed and later on ratified by the Hellenic Parliament under Law No.4085 (Government Gazette Folio 194/Α/12.10.2012).  In October 2015 a second EduTA mission took place in Greece, in order to review the progress made since 2008. 

Click to read more about the EduTA mission of the year 2015, as well as the final report of findings.