Canada and China boost regulatory co-operation

7 September 2016

Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and China's National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operation and exchange of nuclear safety regulatory information.

The MOU, which came into effect on 28 August provides a framework for CNSC and NNSA to exchange technical information on topics such as the regulation of nuclear facilities and radioactive sources, and radiation protection. The document provides guidance on the arrangement of cooperative activities and responsibilities for the security of information exchanged by the two regulators.

China has two Candu 6 pressurized heavy water reactors in operation at Qinshan Phase 3. It has also signed an agreement for the construction of a third Candu unit at Atucha in Argentina. CNSC in 1997 signed an administrative agreement with the China Atomic Energy Authority, to facilitate the fulfilment of the cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy signed by China and Canada in 1994. 

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