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Safety and security of radioactive sources

International conference on the safety and security of radioactive sources: towards a global system for the continuous control over sources throughout their life cycle, 27 June to 1 July, 2005, Bordeaux, France


The objective of the conference was to promote a wide exchange of information on key issues relating to the safety and security of radioactive sources. This included understanding the risks posed by radioactive sources from the point of view of radiation safety and the associated threat in the event of malevolent use, and identified ways of reducing the likelihood of a radiological incident, accident, or malevolent act. Other issues included the necessary preparedness and response measures and the feasibility of creating a sustainable global system for ensuring the safety and security of radioactive sources. Findings; Proceedings


During the past decade, the IAEA initiated a number of activities related to the safety and security of radioactive sources. These activities include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • the establishment of the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (the BSS, Safety Series No. 115)
  • the development of safety standards and other guidance documents, includindg the Categorization of Radioactive Sources (RS-G-1.9, 2005), Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (IAEA/CODEOC/2004), and more recently, Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources, (IAEA/CODEOC/IMP-EXP/2005)
  • the organization of international conferences (Dijon, 1998; Buenos Aires, 2000; Vienna, 2003) and the publishing the Proceedings of these conferences.

The Vienna conference in 2003 concluded that the IAEA should organize a further conference in two years’ time. Subsequently, a follow-up conference on the safety and security of radioactive sources was announced at the G-8 Evian Summit held under the French Presidency.

The International Conference on the “Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Towards a Global System for the Continuous Control of Sources throughout their Life Cycle” was organized by the IAEA and hosted by the Government of France in Bordeaux, France, from 27 June to 1 July 2005.

Conference Sessions

In the Background session, the speakers addressed different political, scientific and technical aspects of the safety and security of radioactive sources.

In Technical Session 1, more than 20 countries presented their experience on implementing the provisions of the Code of Conduct and the supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export.

Technical Sessions 2 and 3 included presentations on national and international experience in dealing with vulnerable and orphan sources which were a legacy of past activities, while the speakers in Technical Sessions 4, 5 and 6 addressed various aspects of the establishment of sustainable worldwide control of radioactive sources throughout their life-cycle, such as control over import and export, management of disused sources and management of radiological emergencies involving radioactive sources.

Six panel discussions addressed important aspects of the security of radioactive sources: continuous control of sources throughout their life-cycle; inadvertent movement and illicit trafficking of radioactive sources; strengthening the inherent safety and security of radioactive sources; providing public information; and the way forward.


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