The Zangger Committee (ZC), composed of 38 states, including Canada, was formed after the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) came into force.
It aims to define which nuclear items should trigger International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. This includes fissionable materials (or materials that can give nuclear weapons their explosive power) and equipment or materials especially designed or prepared for the processing, use, or production of such materials.
Under the NPT, these items should be subject to IAEA safeguards if supplied by any NPT state party to any non-nuclear weapon state. ZC guidelines provide three conditions for such supply:
- assurance of non-explosive use
- an IAEA safeguards requirement
- a provision regarding the terms of retransfer
We participate as a member of the ZC, including through implementation of its decisions in Canada’s export controls.
- Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
- Zangger Committee
- Zanagger Committee understandings
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