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IAEA timeliness detection goal

IAEA timeliness detection goal represents the target detection times applicable to specific nuclear material categories. These goals are used for establishing the frequency of inspections and safeguards activities at a facility or a location outside facilities during a calendar year, in order to verify that no abrupt diversion has occurred. Where there is no additional protocol in force or where the IAEA has not drawn and maintained a conclusion of the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in a State, the detection goals are as follows:

  • One month for unirradiated direct use material,
  • Three months for irradiated direct use material,
  • One year for indirect use material.

Longer timeliness detection goals may be applied in a State where the IAEA has drawn and maintained a conclusion of the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in that State.