UNECE Group of Experts
“Recommendations on Monitoring and Response Procedures for Radioactive Scrap Metal”
Considerable work has been undertaken in many countries and by international bodies, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Union (EU), on the control of radioactive sources and their safe transport. However, to date, there has been little published work at the international level aimed specifically at countering the problem of radioactive scrap metal although guidance is currently being developed by the IAEA and the EU. At the national level, the ‘Protocol for Collaboration on the Radiation Monitoring of Metal Materials’ adopted in 1999 in Spain by concerned industrial organizations and by the relevant parts of Government is an important model for action in this area.
The UNECE Group of Experts “Recommendations on Monitoring and Response Procedures for Radioactive Scrap Metal” developed in 2006 provide a framework of recommendations and examples of good practice based, to the extent possible, on existing national, regional and international instruments and standards and on national experience. The document is intended to support States in developing their own national systems of monitoring and response while encouraging further cooperation, coordination and harmonization at the international level. It is also intended to facilitate international trade in, and the use of, scrap metal without compromising safety. The recommendations cover both radioactive substances that are subject to regulatory control and radioactive substances that are outside such control and should be seen as complementary to existing programmes.
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