IAEA concludes review mission in Canada

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced the conclusion of its two-week review mission of Canada’s nuclear security practices on Friday.

The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) found the country is taking on sustainable nuclear security activities through its established framework and legislation. The international team also noted that that the facilities it visited showcased many good practices relating to security measures.

The team was comprised of 10 nuclear experts representing eight of the IAEA’s member states. Nancy Fragoyannis from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission led the team.

“The example given today by Canada, and previously by the other 42 countries that have hosted IPPAS missions, strongly reinforces both the value of establishing and applying IAEA Nuclear Security Guidance documents and the need to continuously improve physical protection and nuclear security nationally and globally,” Khammar Mrabit, director of the IAEA’s Division of Nuclear Security, said.

The IPPAS team offered Canadian authorities recommendations in areas that could see improvement to ensure greater security relating to nuclear materials and energy.
The IPPAS mission series began in 1995 to help countries improve their nuclear security measures. Reviews have been performed in 43 member nations.

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