IAEA Team Completes Advisory Mission To Switzerland

United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday that a team of experts had completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Switzerland, carried out at the request of the Swiss Government. 

IAEAThe two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included a review of the country's legislative and regulatory framework involving security of nuclear material and a look at contingency planning, transport and computer security issues.

The IAEA team also reviewed Switzerland’s implementation of the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM).

During the two-week review, members of the IPPAS team visited Switzerland's Beznau, Leibstadt and Gosgen nuclear power plants and met with officials from the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), the Federal Office of Energy, the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Discussions were also held with representatives of the Federal IT Steering Unit, the Federal Office of Police, the Federal Intelligence Service, the Federal Office for Civil Protection, cantonal police and the Central Interim Storage Facility for nuclear waste.

The team found solid compliance with CPPNM principles with positive aspects that could “serve as examples to other IAEA Member States,” the agency said.

The team was led by Tapani Hack, Section Head for Nuclear Security at Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, included seven other experts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and the IAEA.

The mission was the 84th IPPAS mission conducted by the IAEA since the programme began in 1995.

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