On Friday October 30, 2015, a team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts completed a mission to review nuclear security practices in Canada. This review was in response to a commitment made by Canada at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands.
The mission reviewed Canada’s nuclear security-related legislative and regulatory regime for nuclear material and nuclear facilities, as well as the security arrangements applied to the transport of nuclear material, the security of radioactive material and associated facilities and activities, and the information and computer security systems in place.
The IAEA team was led by Nancy Fragoyannis, a senior advisor from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and included ten other experts from nine nations and the IAEA.
The team visited five different licenced sites in Canada, including the nuclear research reactor and the research irradiation source at McMaster University, where they reviewed facility physical protection systems and practices.
The expert international team concluded that Canada conducts strong and sustainable nuclear security activities and that these activities have been significantly enhanced in recent years.
This excellent outcome demonstrates Canada’s and the University’s on-going commitment to the safety and security of its nuclear facilities.
The strong performance observed at McMaster was made possible by the hard work and professional efforts of staff at Nuclear Operations, Health Physics, Security and Parking and outstanding support from Hamilton Police Services.