United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Safeguards by Design

IAEA safeguards can be most effectively and efficiently implemented and have the least impact on the inspected facility, if safeguards are considered when the facility is being designed. The Safeguards by Design concept encourages designers and operators to begin incorporating nuclear safeguards measures early in the planning and design of nuclear facilities. This internationally promoted concept has two main objectives: (1) to avoid costly and time-consuming redesign work or retrofits of new nuclear fuel cycle facilities and (2) to make the implementation of international safeguards more effective and efficient at such facilities.

The U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency (DOE/NNSA) has developed a series of facility-specific Safeguards by Design guidance documents for designers and operators.  This guidance has been provided as input to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to support development of IAEA guidance documents. The IAEA project to prepare and publish Safeguards by Design documents is being internationally coordinated to ensure that they reflect IAEA and Member State experience.  These documents are being published as part of the IAEA Nuclear Energy Series. To date two have been published:

The DOE/NNSA Safeguards by Design guidance documents can be located on the DOE/NNSA Safeguards by Design Webpage and are as follows:

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