Radioactive Source Security

Welcome to WINS' Home for Radioactive Sources

The purpose of this dossier is to provide our members with an easy-to-access location for information on the security of radioactive sources. This includes both information that WINS has generated and information generated by others, such as the IAEA.

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We welcome your comments about the information you find here, as well as your suggestions for additional publications, events, training courses and more that focus on radioactive source security and that would interest your fellow WINS members. Together, we can turn these pages into THE home on the web for information on the security of radioactive sources.

We have arranged the information here into six major subject matter areas: Taking a Whole-Life Approach, Medical Applications, Industrial Applications, Alternative Technologies, Transportation Security, and End-of-Life Management.

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Radioactive Source Dossier

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2nd Virtual Roundtable on Strengthening the Coordination of International Programmes Involved in the Adoption of Alternative Technologies – 27 April 2021

The aim of this event was to build on the first Roundtable, which was held in December 2020 and brought together prominent international organisations and experts dealing with radiation-generating equipment. This Roundtable provided the opportunity to continue discussions, with a particular focus on the applications of radiation technologies in the medical sector (blood irradiation, cancer therapy, etc.). Visit the event page to learn more.

Online Workshop on Radioactive Source Security: Ensuring an Effective Response

On 8 April 2021, in collaboration with DOE/NNSA, WINS conducted a virtual international event to review and discuss all issues that are relevant in preparing for and responding to a security incident at a facility where radioactive sources are used or stored. Participants around the world shared their experiences and lessons learned in security response. Click here to visit the event page.

Available Now: Workshop Report on Developing Effective Regulations for Radioactive Sources Security

In mid-February, WINS held an online workshop that consisted of three, two-hour live sessions to review and discuss matters related to making effective regulations for the security of radioactive sources during their entire lifecycle. Following the successful completion of the event, WINS prepared a detailed report of the workshop, which is now available to all Members on our website here.

Taking a Whole-Life Approach

As numerous documents in these pages demonstrate, radioactive sources need to be managed from a whole-life point of view. Doing so requires competent personnel, adequate financial resources, and carefully planned and implemented policies, processes and procedures.


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Taking a Whole-Life Approach

Medical Applications

Ensuring the security of radioactive sources used in medical applications requires careful planning, training and implementation on the part of numerous stakeholders.


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Medical Applications

Industrial Applications

It is crucial to put a robust security programme in place that decreases the likelihood that radioactive sources used in industrial applications will be lost or stolen.


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Industrial Applications

Alternative Technologies

Given the potential benefits of alternative technologies, it is important to stay abreast of ongoing developments and innovations in the field.


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Alternative Technologies

Transportation Security

Radioactive sources are transported frequently, often across international borders, using various modes of transportation. Because sources are particularly vulnerable when they are being transported, it is crucial that all involved stakeholders communicate effectively with each other and that they plan, implement and exercise effective security measures.


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Transportation Security

End-of-Life Management

Measures for implementing appropriate end-of-life measures for radioactive sources should be identified, put in place, and financed before the sources are put into use.


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End-of-Life Management