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legal framework

A State's legal system providing the legislative and regulatory framework that supports the sensitive nature of nuclear security information (Source:  IAEA Nuclear Security Series, No.7). 

The State legal and regulatory framework must provide the following:

  • Licensing requirements;
  • Authorization of access to facilities and other sensitive locations, including continual determinations of trustworthiness;
  • Protection of radioactive material in use, storage and in transport; 
  • Protection of sensitive nuclear security information;
  • Criminalization of acts that have malicious intent or consequences, e.g. those detailed in the CPPNM or the UN International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism;
  • Response to the detection of radioactive material not under regulatory control.