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Follow-up of Security of Radioactive Sources

Findings of the International Conference on Security of Radioactive Sources, Vienna, March 2003

Background

The International Conference on Security of Radioactive Sources took place from 10 to 13 March 2003 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. It resulted in a number of findings regarding the promotion of greater international co-operation in addressing the security concerns raised by insufficiently controlled radioactive sources, the identification of those sources which pose the greatest risks, and the promotion of strong national action by all States to minimize those risks over the whole life-cycle of radioactive sources.

United Nations document A/57/826-S/2003/637 of 10 June 2003 contains a statement on securing radioactive sources in which the Heads of State and Government of the Group of Eight adopted at Evian as part of the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In that statement, the Group of 8 welcomed "the findings of the 2003 Conference on Security of Radioactive Sources" and recognized "the essential role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in combating radiological terrorism" and endorsed "its efforts to establish international standards that ensure the long term security and control of high-risk radioactive sources."

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Work relating to the safety and security of radioactive sources has been part of the Agency's programme for implementing the requirements of the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (usually referred to as the BSS). The Agency's Board of Governors, following the International Conference on the Safety of Radiation Sources and the Security of Radioactive Material held in Dijon, France, in September 1998 (the Dijon Conference), approved the Action Plan for the Safety of Radiation Sources and the Security of Radioactive Materials (Attachment 2 to GOV/1999/46-GC(43)/10). Following the International Conference of National Regulatory Authorities with Competence in the Safety of Radiation Sources and the Security of Radioactive Materials held in Buenos Aires in December 2000 (the Buenos Aires Conference), the Board approved the Revised Action Plan for the Safety and Security of Radiation Sources (Attachment to GOV/2001/29-GC(45)/12), the status of whose implementation is reported on in the Appendix hereto. Following the events of 11 September 2001, the Board approved a plan of activities for protecting against nuclear terrorism (GOV/2002/10), including activities (Activity Area IV in Annex 2 to that document) designed to strengthen national security measures relating to radioactive material other than nuclear material and to ensure that significant, uncontrolled radioactive sources are brought under regulatory control and are properly secured.

Recommendations

One of the recommendations of the Hofburg Conference was that the Agency "revisit the revised Action Plan for the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and adjust it as appropriate." conference proceedings

Following these developments, the Secretariat has reviewed the Revised Action Plan, and the result of this review is described below. The review was performed with the assistance of senior experts, taking into account lessons learned from the implementation of the Revised Action Plan and the Nuclear Security Plan of Activities, including the development of the recently revised Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources. A number of actions that relate to the safety and security of radioactive sources are included in other Agency plans and programmes, particularly the Nuclear Security Plan of Activities, which are mentioned for completeness. This Action Plan is structured differently from the Revised Action Plan, and takes into account all relevant developments since the latter was approved by the Board.

The Agency recently published two important documents on this topic, "Categorization of Radioactive Sources", and "Security of Radioactive Sources". Further information can also be found in the The IAEA Bulletin No. 3 (1999) and the IAEA Bulletin No. 4 (2001).

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