IAEA Nuclear Security Series
Nuclear security issues relating to the prevention and detection of, and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access and illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material and other radioactive substances and their associated facilities are addressed in the IAEA Nuclear Security Series publications. These publications are consistent with, and complement, international nuclear security instruments such as the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its Amendment, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, the Supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources, the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1373 and 1540 and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
Categories in the IAEA Nuclear Security Series
Publications in the IAEA Nuclear Security Series are issued in the following categories:
- Nuclear Security Fundamentals contain objectives, concepts and principles of nuclear security and provide the basis for security recommendations.
- Recommendations present best practices that should be adopted by Member States in the application of the Nuclear Security Fundamentals.
- Implementing Guides provide further elaboration of the Recommendations in broad areas and suggest measures for their implementation.
- Technical Guidance publications comprise: Reference Manuals, with detailed measures and/or guidance on how to apply the Implementing Guides in specific fields or activities; Training Guides, covering the syllabus and/or manuals for IAEA training courses in the area of nuclear security; and Service Guides, which provide guidance on the conduct and scope of IAEA nuclear security advisory missions.
The preparation and review of Nuclear Security Series publications involves the IAEA Secretariat, experts from Member States (who assist the IAEA Secretariat in drafting the publications) and the Nuclear Security Guidance Committee (NSGC), which reviews and approves draft publications. Where appropriate, open-ended technical meetings are also held during drafting to provide an opportunity for specialists from Member States and relevant international organizations to review and discuss the draft text. In addition, to ensure a high level of international review and consensus, the Secretariat submits the draft texts to all Member States for a period of 120 days for formal review.
The process for drafting and reviewing publications in the IAEA Nuclear Security Series takes account of confidentiality considerations and recognizes that nuclear security is inseparably linked with general and specific national security concerns. An underlying consideration is that related IAEA safety standards and safeguards activities should be taken into account in the technical content of the publications.
The Nuclear Security Guidance Committee (NSGC) is a standing body of senior representatives in the area of nuclear security, open to all Member States of the Agency. It was established by the Director General in 2012 to make recommendations to the Agency on the development and review of the Nuclear Security Series publications. The objective is to significantly contribute to greater transparency, consensus, quality, coherence and consistency by engaging more Member States in the development of international publications for nuclear security.
- All IAEA Member States have been invited to nominate a member of NSGC, and members are expected to represent the views of their State.
- Relevant international organizations and relevant non-governmental bodies may be invited to attend NSGC meetings as observers.
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