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Radioactive Source Security

Dec 30 2016
Statement on behalf of France
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It was endorsed by several states, in the context of the physical security summit. In 2016


The context of the statement emphasizes the importance of the international framework on the security of sealed radioactive sources, while noting the need to work on the end-of-life management of these sources.


It mentions the specific needs of sealed high-activity radioactive sources in certain medical and industrial applications indicating that alternative technologies could meet these needs in the future, thereby reducing issues associated with the management of these sources.


It highlights the role of collaboration between states to harmonize export control procedures for sealed radioactive sources, aiming to enhance the overall life cycle management.



The initiative aims to strengthen the international framework for radioactive sources by encouraging states to join anti-terrorism conventions and commit to safety codes. It urges the IAEA to assess and address deficiencies in physical security and technological safety issues related to radioactive sources. Additionally, the IAEA is encouraged to develop guidelines for the long-term management of decommissioned high-activity radioactive sources, emphasising safe practices, storage, disposal, and the principle of returning sources to the supplier.


Participating states pledge to support the development of technologies without sealed high-activity radioactive sources through research and development, promoting their feasibility. They commit to encouraging the IAEA and its Member States to facilitate research initiatives, consider radiological security in regulatory provisions, and share information on overcoming diffusion obstacles.


Additionally, the states undertake to enhance international cooperation in managing the end-of-life cycle of sealed high-activity radioactive sources. They aim to promote secure storage and disposal facilities, assist states lacking resources, encourage adherence to IAEA guidelines for exports, and facilitate information exchange on source export, repatriation, and final disposal.


Sponsoring states further commit to reporting progress within the IAEA Code of Conduct review process, ensuring transparency and accountability in these efforts.

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