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Implementation of the Code of Conduct

Insert image hereTechnical Meeting on Implementation of the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources with Regard to Long Term Strategies for the Management of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources, 27 February to 1 March 2012, Vienna, Austria

From 27 February to 1 March 2012, the IAEA held a Technical Meeting on Implementation of the Code of Conduct with Regard to Long Term Strategies for the Management of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. presentations

Purpose

The purpose of the meeting was to promote the safe and secure management of disused sources, with a special focus on the long term management of DSRS, and to build on recommendations from prior international workshops and technical meetings organized by the IAEA to promote safe and secure management of disused sources with emphasis on sustainable long-term management.

Participants

The workshop was attended by 148 experts from 62 Member States of the IAEA and one Non-Member State of the IAEA, as well as observers from the European Commission, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and the International Source Suppliers and Producers Association.

Summary

The topics discussed covered the end-of-life management of radioactive sources once they become disused, with special focus on sustainable and comprehensive long-term management strategies. The Programme was organized into topical sessions on:

  • IAEA Perspectives on Safety and Security of Disused Sources
  • National Experiences with Disused Sources
  • Review of Recommendations from Previous Meetings
  • Options for Long-Term Management of Disused Sources: Return of Disused Sources to Commercial Supplier, Return of Disused Sources to Country of Origin [Repatriation], Long-Term Storage of Disused Sources, and Disposal

The Programme also included working group sessions on Return of Disused Sources to Supplier and Repatriation; Dedicated Storage Facilities and Disposal Capabilities for Disused Sources; Comprehensive Strategy for End-of-Life Management of Disused Sources; and National Strategies for Regaining Control over Orphan Sources and Improving Control over Vulnerable Sources (including disused sources).

Conclusions

Participants recognized the IAEA’s continued activities in facilitating interaction between Member States in the context of the Code of Conduct and the Joint Convention as well as the IAEA’s role in developing safety standards, security guidance and technical guidance, technological assistance plans, and other resources for management of disused sources.

It was recognized that while storage of disused sources in dedicated storage facilities is an important component of a comprehensive end-of-life management strategy, long-term storage is not a permanent solution to disused source management, and predisposal management of disused sources should take into account future management steps including transport and disposal.

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