VERTIC congratulates Turkey and Italy for ratification of the CPPNM Amendment on the anniversary of its adoption

On 8 July, Italy and Turkey ratified the amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). The amendment was adopted 10 years ago on 8 July 2005 to amend and strengthen the provisions of the CPPNM, which entered into force on 8 February 1987. The convention focuses on the physical protection of nuclear material used for peaceful purposes while in international transport; it also criminalizes acts involving nuclear material. The amendment broadens the scope of the convention by extending its application to the physical protection of nuclear material in use, storage and transport, and to nuclear facilities, and by adding new offences. It additionally provides for expanded cooperation between and among states regarding rapid measures to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material, mitigating any radiological consequences of sabotage, and preventing and combating related offences. It is therefore a key instrument of the international legal framework for nuclear security which focuses on the prevention and detection of and response to, criminal or intentional unauthorized acts involving or directed at nuclear material, other radioactive material and associated facilities or activities.

However, the amended CPPNM will only enter into force 30 days after the date on which two-thirds of the states parties to the CPPNM have deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As the Agency notes, adherence by 15 more states parties is still needed.The United States also recently passed implementing legislation for the CPPNM amendment – as well as other nuclear security instruments including the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism – and are now preparing the instruments of ratification of those treaties for the President’s signature.
To assist states with implementation of the amended CPPNM as well as other instruments for nuclear security, VERTIC’s National Implementation (NIM) Programme provides legislative advice. Such advice includes legal analysis of the existing national legal framework to implement the conventions, reviewing and commenting on existing draft legislation or providing assistance in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals. For more information, read our Fact Sheet on the CPPNM, view NIM"s nuclear security page or contact the NIM team.

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