National Collaboration in the Area of Nuclear and Radiation Safety
The National Radiation Protection Authority maintains contact for information exchange and co-operation with other bodies in Namibia, regulatory bodies of other countries and relevant international organizations on matters relating to nuclear and radiation safety. This is important to ensure that the Regulator is aware of and adopts best practices as well as to seek synergy with other entities which could assist in achieving the objects of the Act.
The National Radiation Protection Authority is a member of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA). The FNRBA is a regional organization comprising of nuclear regulatory bodies in Africa with its core business to provide a platform and mechanism for exchanging experiences and sharing knowledge as well as contributing to and promoting the development and harmonization of nuclear regulatory infrastructures in Africa. This Body has been operational since 2009 and cooperation amongst its members include regulatory matters in areas of radiation therapy; uranium mining; nuclear power programmes; transport of radiation sources; waste management and emergency response initiatives.
Cooperation at Sub-Regional Level
At the SADC level the National Radiation Protection Authority is cooperating with SADC counterparts for the establishment of a Nuclear Regulatory Network.
The SADC network is envisaged to operate under the strategic framework of the FNRBA, but with a key focus on the unique challenges faced at the sub-regional level. To this end the members are currently cooperating on regulatory matters relating to transport of radioactive material and radiological safety in uranium mines. The members have drafted a Memorandum of Cooperative Agreements with a concept paper which sets the basis for dialogue towards the establishment of a high-level formal agreement of cooperation on matters relating to nuclear and radiation safety.
Cooperation at National Level
At the national level the Authority has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Customs and Excise Directorate, Ministry of Finance. The main purpose of the MoU is to establish rigorous import/export controls to ensure that radiation sources entering/exiting the country are released only to authorized persons and only for authorized purposes. The MoU also seeks to create awareness and empower Customs Officials on the safety and protection measures necessary, especially in the context of the on-going effort to deploy X-ray systems for scanning of cargo at border points.