Madrid, Spain
May 11-13, 2016


Topic 1. Strong & Independent Security Regulatory Authority

The regulatory authority should implement the legislative and regulatory framework and have adequate authority, competence, and financial and human resources. If the regulatory authority is not responsible, or only partially responsible for security, governmental entities which are authorized to secure nuclear and radiological materials and associated facilities should likewise have adequate authority, competence and financial and human resources. These governmental organizations should closely coordinate their activities to implement the national security framework. This session will explore criteria for a strong national security framework.

Topic 2. Regulatory Challenges

The regulatory authority on nuclear security has to face different challenges that could be considered due to an update of the national nuclear program or the existence of new threats or new devices that could be a new part of the equipment of the threat. A permanent challenge for a nuclear security regulatory authority is the need to consider the existing interface among security, safety, safeguards and control and accountancy of nuclear materials.

Topic 3. Nuclear Security Event

In a global and evolving nature of the threat, as well as based on the operative experience obtained from nuclear events occurred not only in a specific country but worldwide, the nuclear security regulatory authority must review national regulation or international cooperation to address these issues correctly and to cope with potential increased level of the threat.

Topic 4. Information Protection/Confidentiality

National programs for protection of classified and sensitive information for the physical protection and safeguarding of nuclear materials or facilities require that such information is protected against unauthorized disclosure. The conference will include a session to discuss the methodologies associated with information protection.

Topic 5. Evaluating Security Effectiveness

INFCIRC 225/Rev.5 and also IAEA’s Nuclear Security Series #13 introduce the recommended requirements for the definition of process to planning and evaluating the effectiveness of nuclear security plans for nuclear facilities, nuclear materials and associated facilities against theft or other unauthorized appropriation and sabotage. There are different methods and tools that could be used by the Regulatory Authority for this purpose not only during the assessment of authorization applications, but also during the established oversight program. This session will explore different methods and tools for the assessment and effectiveness evaluation.

Topic 6. Research and Test Reactor Security

Nuclear research and test reactors due to their diverse objectives, characteristics and different locations introduce different challenges for the implementation and maintenance of security programmes. During this session such a challenges as nuclear safety and security interface, attractiveness of nuclear materials used and difficulties to effectively implement international recommendations will be discussed.

Topic 7. Response to Security Events

Security programs are developed to address events arising from daily security practices to peaceful demonstrations, to force-on-force assaults. This session discusses how national programs have prepared for, or responded to, the continuum of security events faced by nuclear facilities or events associated with radioactive materials.

Topic 8. Nuclear Security Culture

Nuclear Security culture includes characteristics and attitudes in organizations and of individuals which establish that the issues relating nuclear security receive the attention warranted by their significance. An effective nuclear security culture is essential for the implementation of an effective nuclear security regime or system. During this session, different elements and components of nuclear security culture, such as awareness and development of human resources and nuclear security indicators, will be explored.

Topic 9. Transport Securit

The transport of nuclear and other radioactive materials due to its own characteristics may be the most vulnerable activity associated to the cycle of life of these materials. The different actors and authorities involved, the need of international regulations for the different modes of transportation and the existence of a strong safety and security interface pose different challenges to the regulatory framework. During this session, related regulatory aspects will be discussed.

Topic 10. Security of Radioactive Sources

The ineffective, interrupted or sporadic regulatory or management control of radioactive sources has led to serious accidents, malicious acts and the existence of orphan sources. Aware that the risks arising from such incidents must be minimized and protected against, this session will discuss national best practices and lessons learned in the application of appropriate regulatory oversight and control.

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