UKSO guidance on safeguards and nuclear material accountancy in the UK

This document sets out guidance on safeguards and nuclear material accountancy systems for nuclear sites in the UK.

The guidance is tailored to the specifics of safeguards implementation in the UK, but incorporates both national and international sources of guidance and other good practice. Organisational arrangements for safeguards and nuclear material accountancy which reflect the content of the guidance should enable successful and efficient fulfilment of safeguards-related requirements in the UK.

The guidance is the result of extensive consultation with and substantial input from those across the UK nuclear industry involved in nuclear material accountancy.  It reflects a broad consensus on how best to satisfy safeguards and nuclear material accountancy requirements and includes numerous examples of good practice as identified by the industry. 

The document also contains information on:

  • safeguards and nuclear material accountancy requirements including relevant international and national legal obligations, and other undertakings to which organisations may subscribe voluntarily;
  • typical site/organisational roles in a nuclear material accountancy system; and
  • safeguards and nuclear material accountancy terms and definitions.

The guidance is designed to complement the existing Commission Recommendation (2009/120/Euratom) on the implementation of a nuclear material accountancy and control system by operators of nuclear installations, and should be read in conjunction with it.

Euratom recommendation.