Before granting authorization for such use, the State party conducts appropriate assessments of the proposed use of contract equipment to ensure that the proposed licensee`s needs and proposed uses of contract equipment are in compliance with the AEA and that operations can be carried out safely. Licenses must ensure adequate protection of public health and safety when implementing licensed activities. RNC Member States and agreements will work together to develop new regulations and revised policies. The agreements will be involved in a timely and substantial manner in the development of regulations related to the protection of public health and safety, as well as policies and guidelines that affect the management of the State Agreement program. NRAs and States Parties will keep each other informed of their individual regulatory requirements (for example. B regulations, mandates or licensing conditions) and the effectiveness of these regulatory requirements, so that everyone has the opportunity to use proven regulatory approaches to improve the efficient and efficient use of resources. In order to avoid conflicts, duplication, deficiencies or other conditions that would compromise an orderly model of regulation of contract equipment on a national basis, States Parties should inform the NRC of proposed regulatory changes and substantial changes to regulatory programs, policies and guidelines, and allow them to review and comment on them. NRC and States Parties are responsible for ensuring adequate protection of public health and public safety in the management of their respective regulatory programs, including the physical protection of contract equipment. As a result, NRC and contracting state programs have the necessary legislative authority, the implementation of organizational structure and procedures, and financial and human resources to effectively manage a radiation control program that ensures adequate protection of public health and safety. 3. For the purposes of this statement of principle, “program element” refers to any element or function of a radiation control program, including legally binding provisions and other requirements for regulated persons contributing to the implementation of the program. This category includes elements of the NRC program that are important to a State party in order to avoid conflict, duplication, deficiencies or other conditions that would compromise an orderly model of regulation of contract equipment on a national basis.
These elements of the contracting state`s program must be the essential objective of the corresponding ELEMENTS of the NRC program. Elements of the contract status program may be more restrictive than elements of the NRC program; however, they should not be sufficiently restrictive to prohibit a practice authorized by the AEA and for the national interest, without having an adequate basis for public health and public safety or for the environment in terms of radiation protection. In EN of October 6, 2017, in FR Doc. 2017-21542, please add the statement on the policy of the contracting state program. The purpose of this statement of principle for the State Program agreement is to describe the respective roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the State Agreement in the management of programs implemented under Section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended (AEA).  Section 274 gives NRC broad authority to establish a unique relationship between the federal government and the federal states in the management of regulatory programs related to the protection of public health and safety in the industrial, medical, commercial and research use of contract equipment. This statement of principle replaces the September 1997 Adequacy and Compatibility of Agreement State Programs policy statement and the Declaration of Principles and Guidelines for the Contracting State Program. The State Party responds and conducts timely inspections or investigations into incidents, events and allegations relating to contractual documents