Director IEC, IAEA Mr. Carlos Concludes Successful Visit to PNRA, Pakistan

[Islamabad] – The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) recently hosted Mr. Carlos Torres Vidal, Director of the Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for an official visit to Pakistan from April 22 to April 25, 2024.

Mr. Faizan Mansoor, Chairman PNRA welcomed the distinguished guest and emphasized that this visit underscores the longstanding partnership between IAEA and PNRA, which plays a crucial role in enhancing nuclear safety and security measures in Pakistan. Pakistan's active participation in the IAEA's Convention Exercises (ConvEx), particularly hosting ConvEx-2c in 2024, demonstrates its commitment to strengthening global emergency preparedness and response (EPR) arrangements.

Mr. Carlos commended PNRA's role in establishing and implementing regulatory framework for emergency preparedness and response in Pakistan affirming their alignment with international standards. He particularly lauded the National Radiation Emergency Coordination Centre (NRECC) as a world-class emergency coordination centre equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and staffed with highly skilled professionals. Mr. Carlos also appreciated the national arrangements for EPR established under Nuclear Emergency Management System (NEMS).

In addition, Director IEC also visited the National Institute of Safety and Security (NISAS) at PNRA (an IAEA Collaborating Centre (CC) in nuclear safety and security), Environmental Monitoring and Dosimetry Laboratory (EM&D Labs) at PNRA, PAEC Emergency Response Coordination Centre (PERCC) at PAEC HQs, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence in Nuclear Security (PCENS).

PNRA extended gratitude to Mr. Carlos and the IAEA for their continued support and collaboration, and reiterated that the Authority is committed to advancing nuclear safety, security, and contributing to global peace and development.