Barbados Accepted Into International Atomic Energy Agency
Bridgetown, Barbados, Wednesday January 20, 2016 – Minister of Health John Boyce has announced that Barbados has been accepted as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The IAEA, set up in 1957 as the world’s centre for cooperation in the nuclear field, works with member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
Boyce said that as the 167th member state of the IAEA, Barbados will now be involved in protocols which would see safeguards being put in place to verify that nuclear material in Barbados was not diverted from peaceful purposes.
“An additional protocol has been developed, significantly increasing the IAEA’s ability to verify, not only that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material, but also that there are no undeclared nuclear material or activities. The conclusion of an additional protocol by Barbados would play an important part in helping the IAEA safeguards to be put in place,” he added.
The minister made the disclosure as he spoke to participants of a course organized by the Office of Radiological Security in the United States Department of Energy. It has attracted participants from not only Barbados, but Dominica, Curacao, Jamaica and Trinidad as well.
Boyce stressed the importance of having appropriate high quality mechanisms for ensuring that radiological sources were managed and protected.
He therefore expressed gratitude to the various agencies that have helped Barbados to assess and develop its capacity to deal with complex issues of international importance in the area of management of radiological materials.
In January last year, personnel from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which also falls under the US Department of Energy, visited the Clara Brathwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to assess the security of the Cobalt-60 teletherapy source, as well as the room designated for the new brachytherapy unit.
Boyce disclosed that a range of security measures were recommended and the work being carried out by a local contractor was nearing completion. Some of the features include the installation of security doors to each room, secure external doors and security monitoring systems.
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