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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 68-76

International Atomic Energy Agency's Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity network: Experiences and perspectives in the North and Latin America region

1 Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa, Canada
2 Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, Sai Paulo, Brazil
3 Radiation Protection and Dosimetry Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 National Atomic Energy Commission, Buenos-Aires, Argentina
5 Center for Radiation Protection and Hygiene, Havana, Cuba
6 National Institute for Nuclear Research, Mexico
7 Nuclear Safety and Safeguard Commission, Mexico
8 Research Center for Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Science, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
9 Ministry of Industry and Mining, Montevideo -, Uruguay
10 Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission-Chile, Austria
11 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Seibersdorf laboratories, Austria

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Dr. Said Hamlat
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DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_24_19

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Network of Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity (ALMERA) is a worldwide network of laboratories capable of providing reliable and timely analysis of radionuclides in environmental samples during normal or accidental/intentional events that result in the release of radioactivity in the environment. ALMERA is coordinated by the Environment Laboratories of the IAEA and organized into five regional groups, including the North and Latin America region (NLAR), led by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Capacity building in the NLAR for the measurements of environmental radioactivity is achieved through qualitative study that consists of experiences of ALMERA core activities and perspectives of the regional initiatives, respectively. Outcomes' analysis showed that the ALMERA core activities have contributed to the improvements of the analytical capacity and capability, and the regional initiatives assisted in the strengthening of the collaboration and networking, in the NLAR region. The immediate impact of these achievements consisted of gaining technical competence in measuring environmental radioactivity and establishing a network of laboratories. In the long term, sustained efforts between ALMERA and the regional coordination will continue upgrading national and regional competence in the radio analytical services.

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