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Archived - CNSC invites comments on discussion paper DIS-15-01, Proposal to Amend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations

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March 4, 2015 – Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is asking the public to provide their comments on draft discussion paper DIS-15-01, Proposal to Amend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations.

This discussion paper is intended to seek feedback from licensees, the Canadian public and other stakeholders on proposed amendments to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations, along with a related change to the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations. This pre-consultation process will feed into the formal consultation process during which the proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for further public comment.

To review and comment on the document, visit the DIS-15-01 Web page. Discussion paper DIS-15-01 will be available for consultation for a period of 120 days. Please submit your feedback by July 2, 2015. Comments submitted, including names and affiliations, are intended to be made public.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

Quick facts

  • In 2009, the Participating Governments of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), of which Canada is an adherent, initiated a comprehensive review of the export control lists of nuclear and nuclear-related dual-use substances, equipment and technology (information). The review led to 53 amendments to the control lists that were approved by NSG Participating Governments in June 2013.
  • The NSG Guidelines are implemented by each Participating Government in accordance with its national laws and practices. While mechanisms vary, there is an understanding that best efforts be made to effect implementation as soon as practicable, in order to avoid discrepancies or differences among export controls and possible proliferation risk.
  • The paper’s proposed changes are based upon amendments to the NSG control lists as well as additional changes to clarify certain entries. These changes will reduce regulatory burden for items deemed to be of low proliferation significance, and provide additional information for use in assessing applications and licensee compliance.


Aurèle Gervais
Media and Community Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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