Safeguards

SCK•CEN is an expertise centre providing advice for the authorities in all safeguards matters, as foreseen in its statutory mission. Currently, the Safeguards programme of SCK•CEN includes:

  • Nuclear metrology, specifically:
  • R&D on safeguards approaches for present/future nuclear installations, through safeguards-by-design studies, proliferation resistance and vulnerability analyses, in particular for Gen IV type reactorsgeological repositories and gas centrifuge enrichment plants;
  • Participation in the activities of ESARDA (European Safeguards Research and Development Association);
  • Technical support and advice for the Authorities in matters of verification of nuclear materials;
  • The Belgian Support Programme to the International Atomic Energy Agency for safeguards implementation, taking care of its management and execution;
  • Decision-support tools for safeguards inspection elements and for other applications;
  • Education and training in safeguards.

These activities take place in close contact with national and international institutions, such as
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- European Commission DG Energy (DG-ENER or Euratom)
- European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA)
- Universities (ULB Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Uppsala Universitet) and research institutes (IRMM, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements)
- Industry (GdF-Suez)

In addition, we work in close contacts with Federal Authorities, Associated federal organizations, e.g. Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials (NIRAS/ONDRAF), and Regional Authorities.

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