Establishing Canada’s National Nuclear Forensics Laboratory Network


  1. Dimayuga, I.
  2. Inrig, E.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN);Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, Chalk River ONT (CAN)
Following the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit, Canada concluded that its existing capability for nuclear forensics should be augmented by establishing a national nuclear forensics laboratory network, which would include a capability to perform forensic analysis of evidence contaminated with radioactive material. At the same time, the need for a national nuclear forensics library of signatures of nuclear and radioactive materials under Canadian regulatory control was recognized. Through the Canadian Safety and Security Program, Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) funds science and technology initiatives to enhance Canada’s preparedness for, prevention of, and response to potential threats. DRDC CSS, with assistance from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), is leading the Canadian National Nuclear Forensics Capability Project to develop a coordinated, comprehensive, and timely national Nuclear Forensics capability. Canada’s Nuclear Forensics Laboratory Network will consist of several laboratories having complementary capabilities in areas such as radiological and physical characterization and material handling. Input from law enforcement agencies and other federal departments will ensure that the project outputs are consistent with the requirements and expectations of the user community. The process of building up this integrated laboratory network has commenced, with several tasks already underway, including the identification
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-N009 — External Literature
Date of publication
11 May 2016
Number of Pages
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