An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission on 8 September concluded that China maintains strong and sustainable nuclear security activities. The two-week mission was carried out at the request of the Chinese government and covered China’s legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear security, and the physical protection of nuclear material and facilities. The IPPAS team identified a number of good practices and recommendations and suggestions for continuous improvement, but the IAEA statement gave no details of the recommendations.
The eight-member team, led by Joseph Sandoval of the USA's Sandia National Laboratories, visited the two-unit Fangjiashan NPP near Shanghai to review security arrangements and examine physical protection measures. It reviewed China’s implementation of the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, which was ratified by China in 2009 and entered into force in 2016. It provides a strengthened framework for protecting nuclear material and facilities.
Muhammad Khaliq, head of the IAEA's nuclear security of materials and facilities section, said: " China's example in applying IAEA Nuclear Security guidance and using IAEA advisory services demonstrates its strong commitment to nuclear security and its enhancement worldwide." The mission to China was the IAEA’s 77th IPPAS mission the since the programme began in 1995. China is the 48th IAEA member state to host an IPPAS mission.