Broadening and strengthening the skills and capabilities of experts in safety organizations is a major thrust of the IAEA’s Post-Fukushima Action Plan.
The European Commission had the same idea in mind when it launched several initiatives benefitting both EU and non-EU organizations. Within the Union’s boundaries, the Commission set up a program to leverage and harmonize the life-long training of experts in safety organizations. Abroad, it is funding ambitious training and tutoring programs to support non-EU nuclear regulatory authorities and TS Os.
Both the IAEA and the EC are fully aware of the fact that, on a collective level, expertise is nourished by openness, transparency, mutual recognition and respect between generalists and specialists from the different fields of competence needed to conduct assessments. These are also values that ENSTTI ’s activities promote as it develops the future generation of TSO experts. For this reason, the IAEA and the EC tasked ENSTTI with transferring knowledge and know-how at a practical level through experienced TSO experts capable of going beyond mere technical methods to convey the importance of working in a spirit of open-mindedness when assessing the effects of ionizing radiation on human and their environment.
ENSTTI is still a young organization. It will continuously update and refine its analysis of TS O and NRA expert needs in its efforts to build consistent and harmonized development programs for nuclear safety, nuclear security and radiation protection experts. Scientific and technical progress achieved through research is also beneficial to nuclear safety expertise, and this aspect is also reflected in the content of ENSTTI training and tutoring.