A detailed overview of the suggested topical areas can be found in the program.

Sealed radioactive sources are used worldwide for many applications in medicine, industry, research and education. However, considering growing globalization and the worldwide distribution of sealed radioactive sources, the potential for malevolent use or malicious acts is increasing, meaning that the security of sealed radioactive sources is very important.

 Goals of the Workshop

The central question to be discussed is whether the international standards and regulations concerning the security of sealed radioactive sources are sufficient and whether these regulations are implemented effectively worldwide. The discussion should focus especially on the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (CoC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose provisions are considered an important contribution to the worldwide endeavors to secure radioactive sources. The implementation of its recommendations into national legislation is part of the responsibility of each state.

Participants of the workshop shall report about their national situation concerning the safety and security of sealed radioactive sources and shall present their approaches to establish a national regulatory infrastructure. Furthermore, the provisions laid down in the Code of Contact as well as in the additional Directive on the import and export of sealed radioactive sources (Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources) should be analyzed concerning their completeness and worldwide validity. In particular, the following topics shall be addressed:

  • Life-cycle controls for sealed radioactive sources,
  • Education and training of stakeholders concerning their responsibilities,
  • International support for a national threat analysis,
  • Improvement of the security culture,
  • International trade of sealed radioactive sources,
  • Management of orphan sources,
  • Management of disused sources (end-of-life-management),
  • Overlap and gaps between safety and security.

Other international documents in addition to the CoC might also be considered in the discussions, i.e. “Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management”, the European directive in 2013/59/Euratom, the international “Basic Safety Standards” as well as other safety standards such as IAEA NSS 11 and NSS 14. The documentation of the results of the workshop will be discussed with the participants.

A detailed overview of the scheduled events can be found in the program.

In addition, we would like to raise your attention to a separate workshop that the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) will jointly conduct with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) on Radiological Security: Increasing Transparency and Voluntary Reporting. This WINS/NTI workshop will be held on the 12th of September – one day prior the International Workshop on the Security of Sealed Radioactive Sources as announced above. The discussions and key findings of the WINS/NTI event will be presented during our workshop. For further information and registration, please click here.