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Multi-sector workshop on innovative regulation: challenges and benefits of harmonising the licensing process for emerging technologies

Jagoda Egeland, Advisor to the Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum, speaks in session 3 "Moving safely from aircrafts to drones: Licensing disruptive technologies" on December 15. 

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While regulatory frameworks vary across sectors and countries, they share a common goal: to ensure that a particular technology can benefit the society while the risks of using that technology are maintained at acceptable levels. Therefore, despite having different legal frameworks and safety standards, regulators from different sectors and countries can learn from each other by exchanging best practices.

In this context, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) organises a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to discuss the best regulatory practices that the nuclear sector can adopt from non-nuclear sectors when licensing new and innovative technologies. This workshop provides a forum for regulators from different sectors to exchange experiences in standardisation, design review, licensing and reporting systems, and international co-operation.

Opening remarks are delivered by NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, followed by a keynote address by CNSC President and Chief Executive Officer Rumina Velshi.

The workshop brings together high-level experts from regulatory bodies, international organisations and industry representatives from a wide range of sectors. During the five-day workshop, participants exchange insights on harmonised, efficient, and effective regulatory processes within the context of innovation. They focus on practical examples of how regulators can address two key challenges:

  • How should regulators approach licensing of innovative and disruptive technologies?
  • How can regulators leverage international co-operation?

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