The IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service Mission to Sweden in November 2022
In January 2018, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, submitted a request to the IAEA on behalf of the Swedish Govemment for international peer reviews to be conducted of the Swedish national frameworks for nuclear safety regulation (IRRS) and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste (ARTEMIS). In dialogue with the IAEA, and in support of the Ministry of the Environment, it has been agreed that the IRRS review will be conducted 13-25 November 2022 back-to-back with the ARTEMIS review 16-27 April 2023.
The EU Nuclear Safety Directive stipulates that EU Member States shall at least every ten years organise periodic self-assessments of their national frameworks and competent supervisory authorities and invite an international peer review of relevant parts of their national frameworks and competent supervisory authorities, with a view to continuously improve nuclear safety. The first IRRS peer review in Sweden, after the Nuclear Safety Directive came into force, was conducted in 2012 with a follow-up mission in 2016.
A preparatory meeting was held with IRRS mission representatives on 26-27 April 2022. Organisational elements of the IRRS mission were discussed and some of the detailed expectations of the IAEA and the leaders of the international peer review team were clarified.
This report summarises the results of Sweden's self-assessment in preparation of the IRRS-mission, according to the prescribed IAEA template. There are some minor variations from the standard format, however, mainly due to the way in which the Swedish regulatory system works in practice.