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

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material—Snapshot
  • Purpose of the CPPNM
  • Nuclear material covered
  • Requirements for storage and transport
  • Criminal offences
  • The 2005 Amendment
  • Implementation in Europe
  • Implementation in the UK

Title Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM)
Parties 156 parties
Revisions 2005 Amendment (entered into force 8 May 2015)
Location Vienna, Austria
Adopted 26 October 1979
Came into force 8 February 1987
Subject Nuclear safety and transport

Purpose of the CPPNM

The CPPNM aims to ensure the safe storage and transport of nuclear materials. It establishes measures to prevent, detect, and punish offences relating to nuclear material.

The CPPNM is the only internationally legally binding undertaking relating to the physical protection of nuclear material used for peaceful purposes.

Nuclear material covered

The CPPNM applies to nuclear materials:

  1. used for peaceful purposes while in international nuclear transport, and

  2. to a limited extent (excluding arts 3 and 4) to domestic use, storage and transport of nuclear materials for peaceful purposes

'Nuclear material' is fully defined in Article 1(a) of CPPNM. Essentially, it covers plutonium and uranium.

'International nuclear transport' means the