About the Conference

In 2010, United States President Obama convened the first international Nuclear Security Summit, whose objective was to focus on how to better safeguard weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism, which was deemed "one of the most challenging threats to international security.”  Among other activities, parties agreed to work cooperatively as an international community to advance nuclear security; acknowledged the need for capacity building for nuclear security and cooperation at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels; supported the implementation of strong nuclear security practices, and recognized that measures contributing to nuclear material security have value in relation to the security of radioactive substances. 

At the follow-on March 26-27, 2012, Nuclear Security Summit in the Republic of Korea, the United States committed to hosting a Nuclear Regulators Security Conference to be held on December 4-6, 2012. The goal of the conference is to enhance awareness of the importance of comprehensive national regulatory security programs, and to build relationships with counterpart regulatory entities with responsibility for nuclear and radioactive materials security.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will convene the first-ever International Regulators Conference on Nuclear Security to discuss a wide range of activities relevant to enhancing regulatory approaches for security at civilian facilities. The topics will focus on the importance of establishing and maintaining a strong, independent, legal and regulatory framework with technically skilled personnel and adequate resources to protect and secure nuclear and radioactive materials. To implement this national mission, the conference will also discuss the methodologies of design basis threats and threat assessments; information protection; the interface of safety and security regulations; personnel trustworthiness and reliability; best practices in inspection-related security techniques; management and response to security events; and cyber security issues. In addition, there will be a special session to discuss the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Physical Protection Advisory Service missions in order to familiarize conferees with this program and review its implementation to date. Poster and tabletop presentations have been designed to complement the panel discussions, such as the classified information life cycle, enhancements to the NRC’s access authorization program for nuclear power plants, and programs to ensure security of radioactive sources.