1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material—Snapshot
1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material—Snapshot

The following Energy practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material—Snapshot
  • Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector
  • Purpose of the CPPNM
  • Nuclear material covered
  • Requirements for storage and transport
  • Criminal offences
  • The 2005 Amendment
  • Extended scope
  • Protection against theft and sabotage
  • New fundamental principles
  • More...

1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material—Snapshot

TitleConvention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM)
Parties162 parties
Revisions2005 Amendment (entered into force 8 May 2015)
LocationVienna, Austria
Adopted26 October 1979
Came into force8 February 1987
SubjectNuclear safety and transport

Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State. However, at this point in time, the UK entered a transition/implementation period during which it continued to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. The UK’s exit from the EU also meant the UK’s exit from the Euratom Community. 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. The UK’s exit from the EU also meant the UK’s exit from Euratom. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

On 24 December 2020, the UK government announced it had agreed the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA), which is supplemented by a number of associated declarations and agreements including a separate Nuclear Co-operation Agreement (NCA) with the EU/Euratom. It also contains a number of placeholders and

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