Novel Approaches / Novel Technologies (NA/NT)

Terms of Reference


To provide expert advice and assistance to international nuclear inspectorates on novel approaches and technologies having the potential to improve early detection, efficiencies and effectiveness of inspection, monitoring and verification methods for safeguards, nuclear security and verification of international treaties involving nuclear disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation.


Not applied previously to safeguards applications or a new, striking approach to improve existing detection, measurement or analysis methods

Novel Approach (NA)
Solutions not applied previously to safeguard applications

Novel Technology (NT)
Usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods not applied previously to safeguards applications

Besides nuclear sciences, NA/NT refers often to other disciplines. Typical examples are optical measurements, simultaneous utilization of different techniques from different disciplines and related algorithms for data analysis. NA/NT WG seeks close cooperation with other ESARDA working groups. “Novel” is by no means the privilege of NA/NT; the aim is to promote scientific research and development of methods and techniques for safeguards and nuclear security.


To achieve the above objectives the NA/NT Working Group will:

  1. Advise and assist the European Commission (EC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), other international safeguards inspectorates and the safeguards community on novel approaches and technologies that could be developed towards operational applications;
  2. Develop and maintain a comprehensive list of needs and technical aspirations that can be used to support the implementation of emerging and future non-proliferation verification regimes;
  3. Assist non-proliferation organizations with the identification and prioritization of appropriate methods and instruments in support of their respective R&D efforts;
  4. Assist the development and implementation of novel technologies that meet safeguards im-plementation needs, particularly those that deter the proliferation of nuclear weapons, by de-tecting early the misuse of nuclear material or facilities;
  5. Establish and maintain a review of novel approaches and technologies;
  6. Investigate possible transfer of technology from non-nuclear domains to the safeguards area and promote the exchange of information and experience among inspectorates, safeguards au-thorities and technology developers;
  7. Promote synergies between safeguards and nuclear security and foster collaboration with other organizations with similar interests and requirements;
  8. Collaborate with other ESARDA working groups to share expertise in the development of novel tools for safeguards