Nuclear Industry Steering Group for Security

Terms of Reference

I. Purpose

This document sets out the terms of reference and the modus operandi for a new international committee to transition the work of the NIS into a sustainable and value-added work programme, and answers frequently asked questions. Its objectives will be to assist the nuclear industry (and other users of radioactive materials) to achieve operational excellence for security and enhance its role and interface with the IAEA and other international organisations: essentially becoming the preeminent international nuclear industry committee/forum on nuclear security. The committee will be known as the Nuclear Industry Steering Group for Security (NISGS).

II. Background

Representatives of the nuclear industry and other industry-related associations and institutes (e.g. WNA, WANO, WINS, WNTI, NTI) have met periodically in the last six years in the context of the Nuclear Industry Summits (NIS), held concurrently with the official Nuclear Security Summits (for Heads of States and Governments). The NIS meetings had the general structure of a Steering Committee, Advisory Committee and Organising Committee. In addition, there were typically three Working Groups created to focus on specific nuclear security issues and whose role was to provide a report with recommendations that could be assimilated into the Joint Statement on behalf of the NIS (see Appendix 1 of this paper for the 2016 Joint Statement). The recommendations were not binding on NIS attendees but served to highlight areas of overall achievement, relevant best practice and security issues that, in the opinion of the Working Groups, needed particular attention in the future. Unlike the NSS process, the NIS did not develop “Gift Baskets” or statements from specific, individual companies about their individual achievements (which would have been analogous to the State-level National Reports).

Nuclear Security Summit Documents Nuclear Industry Summit Documents
Communiqué Joint Statement
Progress Reports Working Group Reports
National Statements
Gift Baskets
Joint Statements
Action Plans

One important suite of documents to emerge from the NSS2016 are the Action Plans for transitioning the work of the NSS to international organisations and relevant diplomatic initiatives, namely IAEA, the United Nations, INTERPOL, GICNT and Global Partnership. The aim of the Action Plans is to ensure that the objectives of the NSSs are taken forward in a sustainable and effective way that maintains the momentum of the NSS process in a broader international framework. In considering the future role of the nuclear industry in nuclear security, it is essential that the industry identifies points of intersection between these Action Plans and the NISGS so that industry can support and enhance its role with international organisations, particularly the IAEA.

III. The 2016 NIS Joint Statement and Industry Commitments

The 2016 NIS Joint Statement is appended to this paper, and covered seven main commitments for collaborative work by the industry in the future:

  1. Effectively securing all nuclear and radiological materials in industrial facilities and applications
  2. Continuously improving nuclear security practices
  3. Enhancing public and stakeholder confidence in the effectiveness of security practices
  4. Enhancing security culture for management and personnel with account-ability for nuclear security
  5. Improving the state of cyber security across all nuclear facilities and applications
  6. Supporting efforts to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture
  7. Enhancing the state of radiological security worldwide

To address these strategic priorities, the Terms of Reference for the Nuclear Industry Steering Group for Security (NISGS) have been established as described below.

IV. Terms of Reference for the Nuclear Industry Steering Group for Security


To establish an international committee principally of senior nuclear industry executives that has four key objectives:

  1. To share relevant operating experience and endorse position papers for the nuclear industry (including other sectors that use nuclear or other radioactive materials) that identify effective and cost-efficient security management approaches.
  2. To promote high quality professional development (PD) training materials for nuclear security, which are reviewed, endorsed and used by industry on the basis of each State’s nuclear security requirements.
  3. To ensure that nuclear security governance structures are effective and sustained.
  4. To be the focal point between the nuclear industry and the global nuclear security architecture on all matters relating to nuclear security. In practice this means:
    1. To support the IAEA nuclear security programme and ensure that industry views and requirements are communicated to the IAEA and incorporated into IAEA guidance wherever possible,
    2. Be the lead nuclear industry organisation for the Nuclear Security Action Plans with IAEA, UN, INTERPOL, GICNT and GP and engage with their Working Group activities on a case-by-case basis,
    3. Be the lead nuclear industry organisation for other intergovernmental nuclear security initiatives such as the 2021 review conference of the Convention on Physical Protection (CPP) and the NSS Contact Group.