Radioactive Source Security Collection

This collection compiles information on the security of radioactive sources from a variety of organisations, both materials that WINS has produced and resources from other institutions, such as the IAEA.

This collection is arranged in seven major subject matter areas:

Current Activities
Whole-Life Approach
Medical Applications
Industrial Applications
Alternative Technologies
Transportation Security
End-of-Life Management

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Radioactive Source Security Collection

Current Activities

March 2023 Online Workshop on Ensuring the Security of Radioactive Sources during Civil Unrest and Wartime
Many documents and guides analyse how to implement and sustain security measures for radioactive sources during normal, “business-as-usual” situations and cases when control is lost due to accidental or malicious reasons. However, these existing publications are not sufficient to adequately ensure the protection of radioactive sources in all situations.

WINS believes that now is the appropriate moment to consolidate various experiences and offer the radioactive source security community an opportunity to discuss the lessons learned and how to better prepare for such situations. To learn more or register, visit the event page

December 2022 Strengthening the Coordination of International Stakeholders involved in the Adoption of Alternative Technologies to Radioactive Sources

WINS has hosted a series of roundtables bringing together prominent international organisations and experts dealing with radiation-generating equipment. The third edition reviewed the coordination and cooperation practices of international stakeholders involved in the adoption of alternative technologies in order to identify potential issues and suggest solutions to avoid duplication of initiatives or conflicting objectives. In response to the discussions, WINS initiated a project to map out the international stakeholders involved in the manufacture, procurement, and development (outside of manufacturer development) of non-radioisotopic or alternative technologies; capacity-building initiatives; and end-of-life management of disused sources. Visit the Alternative Technologies page to access the final reports.

October 2022 Online Workshop on Security of Radioactive Sources during Extraordinary Events

WINS will hold a three-day, three-hour-per-day online event that focuses on how to design, implement and sustain measures for radioactive source security during extraordinary events, including natural catastrophes and human induced events, such as wars and social unrest. The full event details and registration are available here.

June 2022 Electron Beam Processing: A Mexican Experience

WINS has produced a virtual tour of two eBeam facilities in Mexico. The video addresses some misconceptions about adopting alternative technologies, highlights the positive aspects of the eBeam technology, and demonstrates that challenges to its implementation can be met. You may watch the virtual tour here.

Ongoing Development of Sustainable Radioactive Source Security Training in Thailand

WINS has been working to assist Thailand's Office of Atoms for Peace in the development of a national nuclear security training strategy implementation support plan and professional development activities for Thai nuclear security stakeholders. Focusing on radioactive source security, this project began in January 2020 and included supporting the establishment and sustainability of a nuclear security support centre based at OAP as well as training programmes on subjects such as Radioactive Source Security Management and Transport Security Planning for Radioactive Material Movement.

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 demonstrated benefits of alternative technologies in reducing the radiological security risk, it is important to stay abreast of the current developments and innovations in the field.

Ongoing research, advancements in new technology, and improvements in existing technologies have made many alternatives to radioactive sources attractive and cost effective.


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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