Ground Breaking Nuclear Material Lab
Ground Breaking ceremony for the IAEA Nuclear Material Laboratory at Seibersdorf. 7 September 2011

The Nuclear Material Laboratory

Safeguards inspectors collect nuclear material samples in order to verify independently the nuclear material declarations of safeguarded facilities in States. These samples are analysed at the Nuclear Material Laboratory, part of the Safeguards Analytical Laboratory (SAL) located at the Austrian Institute of Technology compound in Seibersdorf, Austria, adjacent to the IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratory complex.

Today the SAL receives, processes and measures 500-800 inspection samples annually and reports the data directly to the IAEA Department of Safeguards.

In addition to the need to replace its ageing infrastructure, new security challenges and the need to plan for future analytical measurements have spurred the IAEA to commit to establishing a new Nuclear Material Laboratory, designed to fulfill the analytical needs of the IAEA for the next 30 to 40 years.

Construction of the new Nuclear Material Laboratory will begin in Autumn 2011, with full commissioning by the end of 2014. So far, funding for the Nuclear Material Laboratory design and initial construction has been secured with assistance from the IAEA regular budget, and the support of Canada, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States of America. Completion of the project will require further extrabudgetary commitments from Member States.
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