French experience in the implementation of the Additional Protocol
Congress title :SYMPOSIUM ON SAFEGUARDS AND NUCLEAR MATERIAL MANAGEMENT
Congress town :Aix-en-Provence
Congress date :22/05/2007
When the French Additional Protocol entered into force on April 30th 2004, the French authorities (CTE) and their technical support (IRSN) had already carried out some actions in order to meet the new obligations of this agreement. As this protocol extends the scope of the Agency's control to operators (Nuclear fuel cycle related R&D, manufacturing and export of some specific equipment and non nuclear material, ten years nuclear fuel cycle related R&D plans
) which do not manipulate nuclear materials, a tremendous work was done to be able to send in due time the initial declaration to the I.A.E.A..
Three main activities were carried out in parallel:
1.Identification of the entities potentially concerned,
2.Elaboration of a declaration handbook,
3.Elaboration of declaration forms.
Once the entities potentially concerned by a declaration under the Additional Protocol were identified (more than 1700), the French authorities informed them of the context and of the obligations of the Additional Protocol and sent them a declaration handbook so that they could check whether they were actually concerned or not.
All the entities answers were analysed by IRSN. The main part of the work consisted in giving support to the companies on the redaction of their declarations, in verifying that all the information required by the declaration forms were provided and in crosschecking and consolidating the declarations made by different actors of a common R&D program.
This work enabled the French authorities to submit in time the initial declaration under the Additional Protocol.
The French annual declarations for 2004 and 2005 were updated by following a very similar process to the one described above with some improvements.