International team of experts gives good marks to the Swedish legislative and regulatory framework for protection of nuclear facilities and transport

The Swedish framework for physical protection and computer security at nuclear power plants, other nuclear facilities and for nuclear material in transport continues to show good progress. This is the conclusion of a report submitted by a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Government of Sweden.

In the autumn of 2016, international experts on physical protection and computer security reviewed the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority's compliance with the IAEA's standards. This review took place in the form of an International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission. The review was a follow-up of a review mission that took place in 2011. According to the IAEA's report, Sweden has made good progress in implementing the recommendations of the previous IPPAS mission. Several good practices were identified. At the same time, a number of new recommendations and suggestions for continuous improvement were made.

"The results from the IPPAS mission are an important element of our work to continuously improve Sweden's nuclear security regime," says Director Johan Anderberg of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. "We are currently working on an action plan for dealing with the new suggested improvements."

Many of the previous recommendations have led to tangible improvements to the Swedish system of physical protection. Examples include better collaboration between public authorities, development of more clearly defined requirements, and security measures taken at nuclear power plants. The new recommendations pertain to aspects such as society's capability for sufficiently swift and robust response to combat malicious acts, assigning priority to safety culture and conducting efficient and effective inspection work.

The IAEA has submitted this report to the Swedish Government.

For more information, please contact: Johan Anderberg, Director, Department of Radioactive Materials, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, via the Authority’s duty press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.