The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented by the Radiation and Chemicals Protection Department, organised a workshop on the information management system of nuclear materials subject to nuclear safeguards in applications and activities outside the nuclear fuel cycle.
The workshop was attended by participants from the Ministry of Public Health, the General Authority of Customs, the General Civil Aviation Authority, and the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons.
The workshop, held for the first time in Qatar in co-operation with the US embassy in Doha and the National Nuclear Security Administration of the US Department of Energy, is part of the activities under the letter of intention (LoI) signed between Qatar and the US in December 2017 during the first strategic dialogue for co-operation in the field of nuclear
The workshop’s support will enable Qatar to build national capacity to implement the requirements of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear Safeguards Convention and the Amended Small Quantities Protocol, and the development of Qatar’s Nuclear Safeguards Information Management System.
The workshop activities included the definition of nuclear materials subject to nuclear safeguards, and presenting examples of nuclear material applications outside the nuclear fuel cycle.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) references to rules, application, exemption and termination of safeguards on nuclear materials were also presented.
During the workshop, some applications were presented on the existence of nuclear materials, the distinction between nuclear materials and radioactive materials, training on methods and resources to identify nuclear materials and how to determine their physical and chemical properties and then include them in the national system of inventory and control of nuclear materials and reporting on it to the IAEA in accordance with the requirements of the Treaty and the Convention, and the amended protocol. (QNA)