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Standards Development for Detection of Illicit Trafficking of Radioactive


The National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) is working in the development of ANSI/IEEE and IEC standard for the detection of illicit trafficking of radioactive materials for homeland security applications. 


NIST is also working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) in the development of technical capability standards to address instrument performance against threat level sources. NIST is involved in the revision of the IAEA NUCLEAR SECURITY SERIES No. 1 TECHNICAL GUIDANCE, Technical and Functional Specifications for Border Monitoring Equipment. NIST is currently working with DNDO and the Joint Research Center (JRC) in the development of test procedures based on the IEC and ANSI standards for the joint ITRAP+10 testing effort between the European Union/JRC and the U.S./DNDO.

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