Institutional Relations

In compliance with its regulatory function, the ARN maintains a close and varied interaction with domestic and foreign, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as with international agencies. This interaction consists of:

The exchange of experiences and information as well as the participation in developing international recommendations to address issues related to radiological and nuclear safety, nuclear non-proliferation assurances and physical protection.
To establish and develop technical cooperation agreements. 

Furthermore, the ARN is actively involved in negotiating international instruments in connection with nuclear regulatory activities as well as in their subsequent implementation. In addition, the ARN participates in defining the country’s policies in regulatory matters and upholds in different international forums

The negotiation of local and international agreements has always been one of the most important tasks within the context of the ARN’s institutional relations.

The ARN attaches great importance to its link with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This link comprises three essential aspects: attendance to regular meetings of the IAEA’s “policy-making” organs; participation in meetings of high-level expert committees advising the IAEA Director-General on issues in connection with nuclear safety and safeguards, as well as in activities related to negotiation or implementation of international agreements significant for nuclear safety; and contributing experts for technical assistance missions in various countries, preparing safety-related publications and providing training for foreign trainees.

It is worthy of note that Argentina is one of the few member countries who have representatives in the four technical committees that operate within the framework of the preparation and review of safety standards established by the IAEA Secretariat. These are:

  Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC).
  Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC).
  Waste Management Safety Standards Committee (WASSC).
  Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC).

Officers of the ARN are also members of other important committees, in particular the Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation (SAGSI) and the Commission on Safety Standards (CSS).

The ARN is a member of the Latin American Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Organizations and the Network of Regulators of Countries with Small Nuclear Programs (NERS).

Adherence to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September, 1996, requires continuous work to be performed by different sectors in the ARN. For the purpose of verifying compliance with the essential obligations set forth in the Treaty, an International Monitoring System envisaging the use of various detection techniques is established. For radionuclide and infrasound techniques, the ARN is the Argentine responsible organization.