Rs 0.732.11 Joint Convention Of 5 September 1997 On The Safety Of Spent Fuel Management And On The Safety Of Radioactive Waste Management

Original Language Title: RS 0.732.11 Convention commune du 5 septembre 1997 sur la sûreté de la gestion du combustible usé et sur la sûreté de la gestion des déchets radioactifs

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0.732.11 original text Joint Convention on the safety of the management of spent fuel and on the safety of the management of radioactive wastes concluded at Vienna on 5 September 1997 approved by the Federal Assembly on 14 December 1999, Instrument of ratification deposited on 18 June 2001 (State on 4 December 2013) by Switzerland on 5 April 2000 entry into force for the Switzerland preamble the Parties contracting - i) Recognizing that the operation of the reactors produced nuclear fuel used and radioactive waste and other applications of nuclear technologies to generate also radioactive wastes; ii) Recognizing that the same safety objectives are worth as well for the management of spent fuel to the radioactive waste; iii) Reaffirming the importance for the international community to ensure that sound practices are planned and implemented for the purposes of the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste safety; iv) Recognizing that it is important to inform the public on issues relating to the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste safety; v) who want to promote a genuine culture of nuclear safety worldwide; vi) Reaffirming that it is State responsibility last spring to ensure the safety of the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste; vii) Recognizing that it is State responsibility to set a fuel cycle policy ((, some States considering spent fuel as a valuable resource, which can be reprocessed, others choosing to store it permanently; viii) Recognizing that spent fuel and radioactive waste not covered by the present Convention because they are part of military or defence programmes should be managed in accordance with the objectives set out in this agreement; ix) affirming the importance of international cooperation in enhancing the safety of spent fuel management and waste through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms and this incentive Convention; x) bearing in mind the needs of developing countries, particularly the least developed countries and States with economies in transition as well as the need to facilitate the functioning of the existing mechanisms in order to contribute to the exercise of their rights and comply with their obligations as set out in this incentive Convention; xi) convinced that radioactive waste should insofar as this is compatible with the safety of the management of these materials, be stored permanently in the State where they were produced, while recognizing that, in certain circumstances, safe and effective of spent fuel and radioactive waste management could be promoted through agreements between the Contracting Parties for the use of facilities in one of them for the benefit of other Parties ((especially when waste result from joint projects; xii) Recognizing that any State has the right to prohibit the import of spent fuel and radioactive wastes of foreign origin in its territory; xiii) bearing in mind the Convention on nuclear safety (1994), the Convention on the early notification of a nuclear accident (1986), the Convention on assistance in case of nuclear accident or emergency radiological (1986) (, the Convention on the physical protection of nuclear material (1980), the Convention on the prevention of pollution of the sea caused by the dumping of waste and other materials, as amended (1994), and other international instruments relevant; xiv) bearing in mind the principles set out in the international basic standards for protection against ionizing radiation and of radiation sources safety (1996) (, established under the auspices of several organizations in the IAEA (foundations of safety) document entitled "Principles of radioactive waste management" (1996), as well as in existing international standards governing the safety of transport of radioactive material; xv) Recalling chapter 22 of Agenda 21 adopted by the Conference of United Nations on environment and development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (, which reaffirms the paramount importance of safe and environmentally sound of radioactive waste management, xvi) Recognizing that it is desirable to strengthen the international control system applying specifically to radioactive materials referred to in art. 1.3 of the Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal (1989) - have agreed to the following: chapter first objectives, definitions and scope of application art. 1 objectives the objectives of this Convention are: i) achieve and maintain a high level of safety worldwide in the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste, through the strengthening of national measures and international cooperation, including, is there place, technical security cooperation; ii) make sure that there is at all stages of the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste of effective defenses against potential risks so that individuals, society and the environment are protected, now and in the future, from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, so that he is satisfied the needs and aspirations of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own; iii) prevent accidents with radiological consequences and to mitigate these consequences in the event that such accidents occur at a stage any management of spent fuel or radioactive waste.

Art. 2 definitions for the purposes of the present Convention

(((a) "authorisation" means any authorization, permission or certificate issued by a regulatory body to undertake any activity relating to the management of spent fuel or radioactive waste; b) ' spent fuel' means nuclear fuel that has been irradiated in the heart of a reactor and who was permanently pulled out; c) ' radioactive waste' means radioactive material in gaseous form (, a liquid or a solid for which no further use is provided by the Contracting Party or by a natural or legal person whose decision is accepted by the Contracting Party, and which is controlled as radioactive waste by a regulatory body under the legislative and regulatory framework of the Contracting Party; d) "Downgrading" means all the stages leading to the lifting of regulatory control on one nuclear facility other than a permanent storage facility. These steps include the operations of decontamination and decommissioning; e) "Service life" means the period during which a spent fuel or radioactive waste management facility is used for its intended purpose. In the case of a disposal facility, this period starts at the time when the spent fuel or radioactive waste are implemented for the first time in installation and ends with the closing; f) "Storage" means the detention of spent fuel or radioactive waste in a facility providing containment, with the intention to recover; g) "Receiving State" means the State to which a transboundary movement is expected or a place; h) "State of origin" means the State from which a transboundary movement is planned or committed; i) 'Transit State' means any State, other than the State of origin or the State of destination, through the territory of which a transboundary movement is planned or takes place; j) "Closure" means the completion of all operations some time after the implementation of spent fuel or radioactive waste in a permanent storage facility. These operations include the last works or other works required to ensure long-term safety of the installation; k) 'Waste management' refers to all activities, including decommissioning activities, affecting handling, pre-treatment, treatment, conditioning, storage or final disposal of radioactive waste, excluding transport outside of a site. This may also include releases of effluent; l) 'Spent fuel management' means all activities relating to the handling or storage of the spent fuel, excluding transport outside of a site. This may also include releases of effluent; m) "Spent fuel management facility" means any facility or any establishment primarily aimed the management of spent fuel; n) "Waste management facility" means any facility or any institution which is mainly to the management of radioactive waste, including during decommissioning nuclear facility as long as it is defined by the Contracting Party as waste management facility radioactive; o) 'Nuclear Installation' means a civil facility with its land, its buildings and its facilities, in which radioactive material are produced, processed, used, handled, stored or stored permanently at a level such that consider security arrangements; p) 'Transboundary movement' means all shipments of spent fuel or radioactive waste to a State of origin to a destination state; q) "Regulatory body" means one or several bodies invested by the Contracting Party of the legal authority regulate any aspect of the safety of the management of spent fuel or radioactive waste, and notably permits; r) 'Discharges of effluents' refers to emissions in the environment of radioactive liquid or soft as a legitimate practice during the normal operation of regulated nuclear facilities. These emissions are programmed and controlled within the limits allowed by the regulatory body; s) 'Reprocessing' means a process or an operation intended to extract radioactive isotopes to fuel for the purposes of future use; t) 'Sealed Source' means radioactive material who are locked in a way permanent in a capsule or set in solid form, excluding fuel elements for reactors; u) 'Disposal' means the establishment of spent fuel or radioactive waste in a facility appropriate without intent to recover them.

Art. 3 scope of application (1) this Convention applies to the safety of the management of spent fuel where is the result of the operation of civilian nuclear reactors. Spent fuel held in the reprocessing plants which is the subject of a reprocessing activity is not within the scope of this Convention, unless the Contracting Party declares reprocessing is part of the management of spent fuel.
(2) this Convention applies also to the safety of radioactive waste management when they result from civilian applications. However, it does not apply to wastes which contain only natural radioactive material and are not from the nuclear fuel cycle, unless they are a sealed source removed from service or that they are declared as radioactive waste for the purposes of this Convention by the Contracting Party.
(3) this Convention does not apply to the safety of the management of spent fuel or radioactive waste that are part of military or defence programmes unless they have been declared as spent fuel or radioactive waste for the purposes of this Convention by the Contracting Party. However, this Convention applies to the safety of the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste from military programs or defense if and when these materials are transferred permanently to exclusively civilian and managed programs these programs.
(4) this Convention also applies to discharges of effluent in accordance with the provisions of art. 4, 7, 11, 14, 24 and 26.

Chapter 2 safety of the management of spent fuel art. 4 General safety requirements each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures so that, at all stages of the management of spent fuel, individuals, society and the environment are protected adequately against radiological risks.
So doing, each Contracting Party shall take appropriate measures for: i) do ensure that criticality and the removal of residual heat generated during spent fuel management are taken into account adequately; ii) to ensure that the production of radioactive waste related to the management of spent fuel is maintained at the lowest level it is possible to achieve ((, taking into account the type of policy of the fuel cycle; iii) take into account the links of interdependence existing between the different steps in spent fuel management: iv) effective protection of individuals, society and the environment by applying at national level of appropriate protection methods that have been approved by the regulator (((as part of its national legislation, which takes due account of the criteria and standards internationally approved; v) take into account the biological, chemical and other risks which may be associated with spent fuel management; vi) strive to avoid stocks with the reasonably foreseeable effects on future generations greater than those admitted for the present generation; vii) seek to avoid imposing excessive constraints on future generations.

Art. 5 facilities existing each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to review the safety of any management facility of spent fuel existing at the time when this Convention comes into force in respect and ensure that, if necessary, all the improvements that can reasonably be made are to enhance safety.

Art. 6 site selection of facilities in project (1) each Contracting Party takes the measures appropriate to ensure that procedures are implemented and applied for a management facility of spent fuel project, view:

((i) to evaluate all the relevant factors related to the site that are likely to affect the safety of this facility for the duration of its life; ii) to assess the impact that this facility is likely to have, from the point of view of safety, on individuals, society and the environment; iii) to make available to the public of information on the safety of this facility; iv) to consult with Contracting Parties surrounding such a facility insofar as it is likely to have consequences for them, and to provide, at their request, general data concerning installation to enable them to assess the likely impact of it security on their territory.

(2) in so doing, each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures to ensure that such facilities do not unacceptable effects on other Contracting Parties by choosing their site in accordance with the General safety requirements of art. 4 art. 7 design and construction of facilities each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that: i) during the design and construction of a spent fuel management facility, appropriate measures are planned to restrict the possible radiological impact on individuals, society and the environment, including those that are caused by discharges of effluents or uncontrolled emissions; ii) at the design stage (, consideration of theoretical plans and, as necessary, technical provisions for the decommissioning of a spent fuel management facility; iii) technologies used in the design and construction of a spent fuel management facility are based on the experience, testing or analysis.

Art. 8 assessment of safety of facilities each Contracting Party takes appropriate steps to that: i) before construction of a spent fuel management facility, is a systematic safety assessment and an environmental assessment which are appropriate to the risk presented by the facility and covering its duration of life; ii) before the operation of a spent fuel management facility updated and detailed security and environmental assessment evaluation versions are established, when deemed necessary to complement the assessments referred to in para. (i). art. 9 operation of facilities each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that: i) the authorisation to operate a spent fuel management facility is based on appropriate assessments specified in art. 8 and is subject to execution of a commissioning programme demonstrating that the installation, as constructed, is conforms to the requirements of design and safety; ii) limits and operating conditions test, operating experience and the assessments specified in art. 8 are defined and revised if necessary; iii) operation, maintenance, monitoring, inspection and testing of a spent fuel management facility are provided in accordance with the established procedures; iv) support engineering and technology in all areas related to security is available for the duration of the useful life of a spent fuel management facility; v) incidents significant to safety are reported in due time by the owner of authorization to the regulator; vi) collection and analysis of relevant operating experience data programs are implemented and whether it is given after the results, when there is place; vii) plans for decommissioning of a spent fuel management facility are prepared and updated, as necessary, using information obtained during the service life of this facility , and they are reviewed by the regulatory body.

Art. 10 disposal of spent fuel if, in accordance with its own framework legislative and regulatory, a Contracting Party has designated the spent fuel for final disposal, this is done in accordance with the obligations set out in Chapter 3 with respect to the final storage of radioactive waste.

Chapter 3 safety of the management of radioactive waste art. 11 General safety requirements each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures to ensure that, at all stages of radioactive waste management individuals, society and the environment are protected adequately against radiological and other risks.
In so doing, each Contracting Party shall take appropriate measures for: i) make sure the criticality and the removal of residual heat generated during radioactive waste management are taken into account in a proper way; ii) to ensure that the production of radioactive waste is kept to the level him below make it possible to achieve; iii) take account of the links of interdependence existing between the different stages of the management of radioactive waste; iv) effective protection individuals, society and the environment by applying national methods of appropriate protection, which have been approved by the regulatory body, as part of its national legislation, which takes due account of the criteria and standards internationally approved; v) take into account the biological, chemical and other risks that may be associated with the management of radioactive waste; vi) strive to avoid stocks whose reasonably foreseeable future generations effects are higher than those who are admitted for the present generation; vii) seek to avoid imposing excessive constraints on future generations.

Art. 12 existing facilities and past practices each Contracting Party takes timely measures to consider: i) the security of any facility for radioactive waste management existing at the time when this Convention comes into force in its regard and make sure that, if necessary, all the improvements that can reasonably be made are to enhance safety; ii) the consequences of past practices in order to determine if an intervention is required for reasons of radiation protection bearing in mind that the reduction of the damage resulting from the reduction in the dose should be sufficient to justify the negative effects and the costs associated with the intervention, including the social costs.

Art. 13 site selection of facilities in project (1) each Contracting Party takes the measures appropriate to ensure that procedures are put in place and implemented for installation of waste project, view management: i) to evaluate all the relevant factors related to the site that are likely to affect the security of this facility for the duration of its useful life and the lives of a final after its closure storage facility; ii) to assess the impact that this installation is likely to have, from the point of view of safety, on individuals, society and the environment, in view of the possible evolution of the State of the site of final disposal after their closing facilities; iii) to make available to the public of information on the safety of this facility; iv) to consult neighbouring Contracting Parties of such a plant insofar as it is likely to have consequences for them, and to provide, at their request, general data concerning installation to enable them to assess the likely impact of it security on their territory.

(2) in so doing, each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures to ensure that such facilities do not unacceptable effects on other Contracting Parties by choosing their site in accordance with the General safety requirements of art. 11 art. 14 design and construction of facilities each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that: i) during the design and construction of a facility of radioactive waste, appropriate measures are planned to restrict the possible radiological impact on individuals, society and the environment, including those that are due to discharges of effluents or uncontrolled emissions; ii) at the design stage ((, consideration of theoretical plans and, as necessary, technical provisions for the decommissioning of one radioactive waste management facility other than a disposal facility; iii) at the design stage, technical provisions are developed for the closure of a disposal facility; iv) technologies used in the design and construction of a radioactive waste management facility are based on the experience tests or analyses.

Art. 15 assessment of the safety of facilities each party contracting takes appropriate measures to that:

((i) before the construction of a radioactive waste management facility, for a systematic assessment of safety and an environmental assessment which are appropriate to the risk presented by the facility and covering its useful lifetime; ii) in addition, before construction of a disposal facility, it is a systematic assessment of safety and an environmental assessment for the period following the closure (, and the results are evaluated according to the criteria established by the regulatory body; iii) prior to the operation of a radioactive waste management facility, updated and detailed security and environmental assessment evaluation versions are established, when deemed necessary to complement the assessments referred to in para. i. art. 16 operation of facilities each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that: i) the authorisation to operate a radioactive waste management facility is based on appropriate assessments specified in art. 15 and is subject to execution of a commissioning programme demonstrating that the installation, as constructed, is conforms to the requirements of design and safety; ii) limits and operating conditions test, operating experience and the assessments specified in art. 15 are defined and revised if necessary; iii) operation, maintenance, monitoring, inspection and testing of a radioactive waste management facility are provided in accordance with established procedures. In the case of a disposal facility, the results are used to check and test the validity of the assumptions and to update the assessments specified in art. 15 for the period following closing; iv) support engineering and technology in all areas related to security is available for the duration of the useful life of a radioactive waste management facility; v) procedures for characterization and separation of radioactive waste are applied; vi) incidents significant to safety are reported in due time by the holder of the authorisation to the regulator; vii) collection programs and analysis of relevant data from operating experience are established and that action be taken results achieved, when there is place; viii) plans for decommissioning of a radioactive waste management facility, other that a disposal facility, are developed and implemented to date, as necessary, using information obtained during the useful life of this facility (, and they are reviewed by the regulatory body; ix) plans for the closure of a disposal facility are prepared and updated, as necessary, using information obtained during the duration of the useful life of the facility, and they are reviewed by the regulatory body.

Art. 17 institutional measures after closure each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that, after the closure of a disposal facility: i) the records required by the regulator about the location, the design and content of this facility are kept; ii) the institutional, active controls or liabilities, such as monitoring or access restrictions (, are insured if necessary; iii) If, during any period of active institutional control, a show unplanned radioactive materials into the environment is detected, intervention measures are implemented in the event of need.

Chapter 4 General provisions of security art. 18 implementing measures each Contracting Party takes, in domestic law, the legislative, regulatory and administrative measures and other provisions which are necessary to fulfil its obligations under the present Convention.

Art. 19 legislative and regulatory framework (1) each Contracting Party establish and maintain a legislative and regulatory framework to govern the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management.
(((((2) the legislative and regulatory framework covers: i) establishing requirements and relevant national regulations on radiological safety; ii) a system of licensing for spent fuel and radioactive waste management activities; iii) a system whereby the operation without authorization of a spent fuel or radioactive waste management facility; good iv) a system of institutional control ((, regulatory inspection, documentation and reports; v) measures to enforce the regulations and conditions of permissions; vi) a clear division of responsibilities of the agencies involved in the different stages of the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.

(3) when they consider whether radioactive material should be subject to the regulations applicable to radioactive waste, the Contracting Parties will take due account of the objectives of this Convention.

Art. 20 regulator (1) each party contracting create or designate a regulatory body responsible for implementing the legislative and regulatory framework referred to in art. 19, and with the powers, competence and financial and human resources adequate to carry out the responsibilities assigned.
(2) each Contracting Party in accordance with its legislative and regulatory framework, takes appropriate measures to ensure effective independence of the functions of regulation compared to other functions in the bodies concerned both the management of spent fuel or radioactive waste and the regulation on the matter.

Art. 21 responsibility of the holder of an authorization (1) each party contracting was necessary that the primary responsibility for the safety of the management of spent fuel or radioactive waste is the responsibility of the holder of the authorisation and takes the appropriate action for each holder of such authorization to assume its responsibility.
(2) in the absence of holder of authorization or another responsible party, the responsibility lies with the Contracting Party having jurisdiction on spent fuel or radioactive waste.

Art. 22 human resources and financial each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that: i) the personnel required to be available for activities related to the safety during the useful lifetime of a spent fuel and radioactive waste management facility; ii) sufficient financial resources are available to ensure the safety of the facilities management of spent fuel and radioactive waste during their lifetime and for decommissioning; iii) provisions financial are taken to ensure the continuity of institutional controls and surveillance measures appropriate as long as they are deemed necessary after the closure of a disposal facility.

Art. 23. each party contracting quality assurance takes the necessary measures to ensure that are established and carried out appropriate programs of quality assurance on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management.

Art. 24 radiation during operation (1) each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures so that, during the useful lifetime of a spent fuel or radioactive waste management facility: i) exposure of workers and the public to radiation due to the installation is maintained at the lowest level that it is reasonably possible to achieve, taking into account economic and social factors; ii) no individual is exposed (, in normal situations, at doses of radiation exceeding the dose limits prescribed at national level, which take due account of standards internationally approved for radiation protection; iii) measures are taken to prevent uncontrolled radioactive material and planned emissions into the environment.

(((2) each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures to ensure that discharges of effluents are limited: i) in order to maintain exposure to ionizing radiation at the lowest level that it is reasonably possible to achieve, taking into account economic and social factors; ii) so that no individual can be exposed, in normal situations, to radiation doses exceeding the dose limits prescribed at national level duly take into account internationally approved radiation protection standards.

(3) each Contracting Party shall take the measures appropriate to that during the service life of a regulated nuclear facility, in case a show scheduled or uncontrolled radioactivity in the environment occur, appropriate corrective measures are implemented to control the issue and mitigate its effects.

Art. 25 Organization for emergency cases


(1) each contracting party ensures that before and during the operation of a spent fuel management facility or radioactive waste, there are plans emergency about the site and, if necessary, appropriate off-site emergency plans. These emergency plans should be tested at appropriate regular intervals.
(2) each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures to develop and test the emergency plans for its territory insofar as it is likely to be affected in the event of a radiological emergency at a nearby spent fuel or radioactive waste management facility of its territory.

Art. 26 decommissioning each Contracting Party takes appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the decommissioning of a nuclear facility. These measures must ensure that: i) of staff qualified and adequate financial resources are available; ii) the provisions of art. 24 concerning radiation protection during operation, discharges of effluents and emissions not programmed and uncontrolled are applied; iii) the provisions of art. 25 on the Organization for emergency cases are applied; iv) files containing important information for decommissioning are kept.

Chapter 5 provisions various art. 27 transboundary movement (1) each Contracting Party concerned by transboundary movement takes appropriate measures for this movement is done in a way that complies with the provisions of this Convention and of the relevant international instruments which are binding.
Doing so: i) a Contracting Party which is a State of origin takes the appropriate action for this transboundary movement is authorized and takes place only after notification to the State of destination and only with the consent of it; ii) cross-border through the States of transit movement is subject to international obligations relevant to the modes of transport used; iii) a Contracting Party which is a State of destination consents to a transboundary movement only if it has the administrative and technical resources and regulatory structure needed to manage the spent fuel or the radioactive waste in a manner that is consistent with this agreement; iv) a Contracting Party which is a State of origin authorizes a transboundary movement only if it can ensure, in accordance with the consent of the State of destination, that the requirements in para. ((iii) are met prior to transboundary movement; v) a Contracting Party which is a State of origin takes appropriate steps to allow the return on its territory, if a transboundary movement is not or can not be made under this section, unless another safe arrangement can be concluded.

(2) a Contracting Party issues a permit for the shipment of its spent fuel or its radioactive waste, for storage or their permanent storage, to a destination South of 60 degrees south latitude.
(((3) no provision of this Convention shall prejudice or impairment: i) has the exercise, by ships and aircraft of all States, the rights and freedoms of maritime, River and air transport, as they are planned by international law; ii) to the rights of a party to which radioactive waste are exported to be processed to reship the radioactive waste and other products after treatment to the State of origin or to make arrangements for this (end; iii) to the right of a Contracting Party to export its spent fuel for reprocessing purposes; iv) rights of a Contracting Party to which spent fuel is exported to be retired to reship the radioactive waste and other products resulting from reprocessing in the State of origin operations or to make arrangements for this purpose.

Art. 28 sealed sources removed from service (1) each Contracting Party takes, in domestic law, appropriate measures to that detention, reconditioning or disposal of sealed sources removed from service are carried out in a safe manner.
(2) a Contracting Party authorizes the return on its territory of sealed sources removed from the service if, in domestic law, she agreed that such sources are forwarded to a manufacturer authorized to receive and detain sealed sources removed from the service.

Chapter 6 meetings of the contracting parties art. 29 preparatory meeting (1) a preparatory meeting of the Contracting Parties is held within six months following the date of entry into force of this Convention.
((2) at this meeting, the Contracting Parties: i) set the date for the first review meeting referred to in art. 30. it takes place as soon as possible within a period of thirty months from the date of entry into force of this Convention; ii) develop and adopt by consensus rules of procedure and financial; iii rules) establish in particular and in accordance with the rules of procedure: a) guidelines regarding the form and structure of the national reports to be presented in application of art. (32; b) a date for the presentation of the reports in question; c) the procedure for review of these reports.

(3) any State or any regional organization character of integration or other nature which ratifies this Convention, accepts it, approves, confirms it adheres and for which or which this Convention is not yet in force may attend the preparatory meeting as is there or if she was a party to this Convention.

Art. 30 review meetings (1) the Contracting Parties hold meetings to examine the reports submitted pursuant to art. (((32 2) has each review meeting, the Contracting Parties: i) set the date for the next review meeting, the interval between review meetings not to exceed three years; ii) may review the arrangements made by virtue of the by. 2 of art. 29, and adopt revisions by consensus unless otherwise provided in the rules of procedure. They also amend by consensus the rules of procedure and the financial rules.

(3) at each review meeting, each party has a reasonable opportunity to discuss the reports submitted by other Contracting Parties and to seek clarification on their subject.

Art. 31 extraordinary meetings held an extraordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties: i) if it is so decided by the majority of the Contracting Parties present and voting at a meeting; ii) on the written request of a Contracting Party, within a period of six months from the time when this application has been communicated to the Contracting Parties and where the secretariat referred to in art. 37 received a notification of the fact that the request was supported by the majority of them.

Art. 32 reports (1) in accordance with the provisions of art. 30, each Contracting Party a national report at each review meeting of the Contracting Parties. This report covers the measures taken to complete each of the obligations under the Convention. For each Contracting Party, the report shall also assess: i) spent fuel management policy ii) spent fuel management practices iii) its policy on the management of radioactive waste; iv) radioactive waste management practices; v) the criteria it uses to define and classify radioactive waste.

(((2) this report also contains: i) a list of the facilities management of the spent fuel to which apply this Convention, with their location, main purpose and essential characteristics; ii) an inventory of spent fuel which applies this Convention and which is stored or that has been stored permanently. This inventory shall include a description of the material and, if they are available, with information on the mass and total activity of these materials; iii) a list of radioactive waste management facilities subject to this Convention, with their location, main purpose and essential; iv characteristics) an inventory of radioactive waste for this Convention which ((: a) are stored in radioactive waste management facilities and installations in the nuclear fuel cycle; b) have been stored permanently. FM) are the result of past practices.

This inventory includes a description of contents and other relevant information, such as information on the volume or mass, the activity and some radionuclides;
(v) a list of nuclear facilities under decommissioning, with indication of the status of decommissioning in these facilities activities.

Art. 33 participation (1) each Contracting Party participates in the meetings of the Contracting Parties; It is represented by a delegate and, to the extent where it deems it necessary, by alternates, experts and advisers.

(2) the Contracting Parties may invite, by consensus, any intergovernmental organization which is competent for matters governed by this Convention to attend, as an observer, any meeting or some sessions of a meeting. The observers are required to accept in writing and in advance the provisions of art. 36. art. 34 summary reports the Contracting Parties adopt, by consensus, and make available to the public a document dedicated to the issues that were discussed and the conclusions that were drawn during the meetings of the Contracting Parties.

Art. 35 languages (1) the languages of the meetings of the Contracting Parties are English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, the french and Russian, unless otherwise provided in the rules of procedure.
(2) any report in application of art. 32 is established in the national language of the contracting party submitting the report or in a single language which will be designated by mutual agreement in the rules of procedure. In case the report is presented in one national language other than the designated language, a translation of the latter report is provided by the Contracting Party.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of the by. 2, if he is compensated, the secretariat is responsible for translation in the designated language of reports submitted in any other language of the meeting.

Art. 36 confidentiality (1) the provisions of this Convention do not affect the rights and obligations of Contracting Parties, in accordance with their legislation, to prevent the disclosure of information. For the purposes of this article, the term "information" includes information about national security or to the physical protection of nuclear material, information protected by intellectual property rights or by industrial or commercial confidentiality rights, and personal data.
(2) where, under this Convention, a Contracting Party provides information specifying that they are protected as indicated in the by. 1, this information is used only for the purposes for which they have been provided and its confidentiality is respected.
(3) in regard to information relating to spent fuel or radioactive waste falling within the scope of this Convention by virtue of the by. 3 of art. 3, the provisions of this Convention do not affect the sovereign power of the Contracting Party concerned to decide: i) classify or not this information, or submit them to another form of control, to stop broadcasting; ii) if it is necessary to provide the information referred to in para. (i) above under the Convention; iii) conditions of confidentiality which these information are matched if they are provided as part of this agreement.

(4) the content of the discussions that occurred during the examination of the national reports at each review meeting held in accordance with art. 30 is confidential.

Art. 37 secretariat (1) the International Atomic Energy Agency (hereinafter referred to as the 'agency') provides the secretariat for the meetings of the Contracting Parties.
((2) the secretariat: i) convenes meetings of the Contracting Parties referred to in art. 29, 30 and 31, prepares and ensures the functioning; ii) transmit to the Contracting Parties information received or prepared in accordance with the provisions of this Convention.

The expenses incurred by the Agency to carry out the duties provided for in the al. ((i) and (ii) above are covered under its regular budget.
(3) Contracting Parties may, by consensus, request the Agency to provide other services for the meetings of the Contracting Parties. The Agency may provide such services if it is possible to insure its programme and its regular budget. In case this is not possible, the Agency may provide such services if they are voluntarily funded by another source.

Chapter 7 Final Clauses and other provisions art. 38 resolution of disagreements in case of disagreement between two or more Contracting Parties concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention, the Contracting Parties hold consultations in a meeting of the Contracting Parties to resolve this disagreement. In the event that such consultations prove unproductive, it can be used the mechanisms of mediation, conciliation and arbitration by the international, including rules and practices law in force within the Agency.

Art. 39 signature, ratification, acceptance, approval, accession (1) this Convention is open for signature by all States at the headquarters of the Agency, in Vienna, from 29 September 1997 and until its entry into force.
(2) this Convention is subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by the signatory States.
(3) after its entry into force, this Convention is open to accession by all States.
(((4) i) this Convention is open for signature, subject, confirmation, or accession by regional organizations of integration or of another nature nature provided that each of these organizations is constituted by sovereign States and has competence to negotiate, conclude and apply international agreements on areas covered by the present Convention.ii) in their areas of competence (, those organizations, on their own behalf, exercise the rights and the responsibilities which this Convention attributes to States parties.iii) by becoming a party to this Convention, such an organization shall communicate to the depositary referred to in art. 43 a statement indicating what are its Member States, which articles of this Convention apply to it, and what is the extent of its competence in the area covered by these articles.iv) such an organization does not own voice in addition to those of its Member States.

(5) the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, accession or confirmation are deposited with the depositary.

Art. 40 entry into force (1) this Convention comes into force the ninetieth day following the date of deposit with the depositary of the twenty-fifth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval, provided that such an instrument has been filed by 15 States, each with a nuclear power plant in service.
(2) for each State or regional organization to character of integration or other nature which ratifies this agreement, accepts, approves, confirms it or adhere after the date of deposit of the last instrument required to ensure that the conditions set out in the by. 1 are met, the present Convention comes into force on the ninetieth day following the date of deposit with the depositary of the instrument by that State or that organization.

Art. 41 amendments to Contracting (1) any party may propose an amendment to this Convention. The proposed amendments are considered at a meeting review or an extraordinary meeting.
(2) the text of any proposed amendment and the reasons for this amendment are communicated to the depositary, which forward the proposal to the Contracting Parties at least ninety days before the meeting at which the amendment is subject to be examined. All the comments received on this proposal are communicated to the Contracting Parties by the depositary.
(3) the Contracting Parties decide, after examining the amendment, if it is necessary to adopt it by consensus, or, in the absence of consensus, to submit it to a diplomatic conference. Any decision to submit a proposed amendment to a diplomatic conference must be taken at the majority of two thirds of the Contracting Parties present and voting at the meeting, provided that at least half of the Contracting Parties are present at the time of the vote.
(4) the diplomatic conference to consider and adopt amendments to this Convention shall be convened by the depositary and held within a period of one year after the appropriate decision taken in accordance with the by. 3 of this article. The diplomatic Conference every effort possible to ensure that the amendments are adopted by consensus. If this is not possible, the amendments are adopted by a majority of two-thirds of all Contracting Parties.
(5) the amendments to this Convention adopted in accordance with the by. 3 and 4 above are subject to ratification, acceptance, approval, or confirmation by the Contracting Parties and come into force with respect to Contracting Parties which ratified, accepted, approved or confirmed the ninetieth day following the receipt by the depositary, corresponding instruments of at least the two third of Contracting Parties. For a Contracting Party which ratifies, accepts, approves or confirms these amendments at a later stage, these come into force the ninetieth day following the deposit by the Contracting Party of the corresponding instrument.

Art. 42 denunciation (1) any Contracting Party may denounce this Convention by written notification to the depositary.

(2) the denunciation shall take effect one year after the date on which the depositary receives this notification, or at any later date specified in the notification.

Art. 43 (1) depositary the Director general of the Agency is the depositary of this Convention.
((2) the depositary shall inform the Contracting Parties: i) the signature of this Convention and of the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, accession or confirmation, in accordance with art. 39; ii) of the date on which the Convention comes into force, in accordance with art. 40; iii) notifications of denunciation of the Convention made in accordance with art. 42 and the date of these notifications; iv) of the draft amendments to this Convention submitted by Contracting Parties, the amendments adopted by the relevant diplomatic conference or meeting of the Contracting Parties and of the date of entry into force of the said amendments, in accordance with art. 41 art. 44 texts authentic to the original of this Convention, of which the English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and Russian versions are equally authentic, shall be deposited with the depositary, which send certified copies to the Contracting Parties.
In faith whereof, the undersigned, to this authorized, have signed this Convention.
Done at Vienna, September 5, 1997.
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Scope October 5, 2011 States parties Ratification, accession (A) entry into South Africa, November 15, 2006 to 13 February 2007 Albania 29 June 2011 was September 27, 2011 Germany October 13, 1998 June 18, 2001 Saudi Arabia September 19, 2011 was December 18, 2011 Argentina November 14, 2000 June 18, 2001 Armenia 22 may 2013 was August 20, 2013 Australia October 5, 2003 November 3, 2003 Austria June 13, 2001 11 September 2001 Belarus 26 November

2002 24 February 2003 Belgium November 5, 2002 December 4, 2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina August 2, 2012 at October 31, 2012 Brazil February 17, 2006 May 18, 2006 Bulgaria June 21, 2000 June 18, 2001 Canada may 7, 1998 June 18, 2001 Chile September 26, 2011 was December 25, 2011 China September 13, 2006 12 December 2006 Cyprus 21 October 2009 has 19 January 2010 European Community of Atomic Energy (EURATOM/EAEC) October 4, 2005 A January 2, 2006

Korea (South) November 16, 2002 December 15, 2002 Croatia 10 May 1999 June 18, 2001 Denmark 3 September 1999 18 June 2001 UAE United July 31, 2009 was 29 October 2009 Spain 11 May 1999 June 18, 2001 Estonia February 3, 2006 May 4, 2006 United States April 15, 2003 14 July 2003 Finland February 10, 2000 June 18, 2001 France April 27, 2000 June 18, 2001 Gabon 29 April 2010 has 28 July 2010 Georgia July 22, 2009 A

October 20, 2009 Ghana June 1, 2011 was August 30, 2011 Greece July 18, 2000 June 18, 2001 Hungary June 2, 1998 June 18, 2001 Indonesia April 1, 2011 June 30, 2011 Ireland 20 March 2001 June 18, 2001 Iceland 27 January 2006 has April 27, 2006 Italy February 8, 2006 May 9, 2006 Japan August 26, 2003 A November 24, 2003 Kazakhstan March 10, 2010 June 8, 2010 Kyrgyzstan 18 December 2006 has March 18, 2007 Latvia 27 March

2000 18 June 2001 Lithuania 16 March 2004 June 14, 2004 Luxembourg August 21, 2001 November 19, 2001 Macedonia December 31, 2009 was March 31, 2010 September 16, 2013 Malta has 15 December 2013 Morocco 23 July 1999 18 June 2001 Maurice April 15, 2013 July 14, 2013 Mauritania September 19, 2011 was December 18, 2011 Moldova 23 February 2010 to May 24 2010 Montenegro 9 August 2010 November 7, 2010 Nigeria 4 April 2007 has July 3

2007 Norway January 12, 1998 June 18, 2001 Oman may 28, 2013 August 26, 2013 Uzbekistan 19 July 2009 has 19 April 2009 Netherlands April 26, 2000 June 18, 2001 Poland may 5, 2000 June 18, 2001 Portugal 15 May 2009 has 13 August 2009 Czech Republic 25 March 1999 18 June 2001 Romania 6 September 1999 18 June 2001 United Kingdom 12 March 2001 June 18, 2001 Russia January 19, 2006 April 19, 2006 South Africa 24 December 2008 has

March 24, 2009 Slovakia October 6, 1998 June 18, 2001 Slovenia February 25, 1999 18 June 2001 Sweden July 29, 1999 18 June 2001 Switzerland April 5, 2000 June 18, 2001 Tajikistan 12 December 2007 has March 11, 2008 Ukraine July 24, 2000 June 18, 2001 Uruguay December 28, 2005 March 28, 2006 Viet Nam 9 October 2013 has 7 January 2014 * reservations and declarations.

Reservations and declarations are not published to the RO. The English text can be found at the address of the Internet site of the International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAEA): http://ola.iaea.org/OLA/treaties/multi.asp or obtained in the Direction of public international law (FDFA), the international treaties Section, 3003 Bern.

The Convention does not apply to the special administrative Region (SAR) the People's Republic of China Macao.

The Convention does not apply to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

For the Kingdom in Europe.

RO 2005 33; FF 1999 4056 RO 2005 31 RS RS RS RS RS RS 0.814.05 0.814.287 0.732.031 0.732.321.2 0.732.321.1 0.732.020 this publication complements those appearing at the RO 2005 56, 2007 3935, 2010 1627, 4905 2011 and 2014 125. A version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA (www.dfae.admin.ch/traites).

State on 4 December 2013

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