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Techniques and Standards for Destructive Analysis

Working Group

Stefan Neumeier
Nuclear Safeguards and Security
Institute of Energy and Climate Research
IEK-6: Nuclear Waste Management and Reactor Safety
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich, Germany
Tel.: +49 2461 61-2752

Evelyn Zuleger
Joint Research Centre - Karlsruhe
European Commission, GII.6
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1,
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen,
Tel.:+49 7247951-181

Terms of Reference


To provide the Safeguards Community with expert advice on destructive analysis methods and procedures and their capabilities for Nuclear Material Accounting and Safeguards, act as a forum for the exchange of information on DA methods.



To achieve this the Working Group will:

  1. Maintain a list of DA methods suitable for accountancy and verification purposes.
  2. Determine the reliability of DA methods by continuing inter-laboratory measurement evaluation programmes; in particular the Group will:
    • identify analytical problems of common interest;
    • define the objectives and the design of the programmes;
    • evaluate the results;
    • consider formal QA requirements.
  3. Promulgate Performance Values for Uncertainties in DA methods of nuclear material.
  4. Recommend Target Values for Uncertainties in measurements in nuclear material, and promote international Target Values.
  5. Recommend the implementation of new and improved methods.
  6. Promote the systematic and correct use of Reference Materials by:
    • maintaining a list of Reference Materials available within the European Union and elsewhere;
    • maintaining information on their traceability;
    • advising on their distribution and transport problems.
  7. Consider sampling problems and their significance for DA results (including sample treatment, conditioning, storage, transport, stability).
  8. Promote the use of correct and internationally accepted terminology in measurements.
  9. Support new developments of DA methods for Safeguard purposes.
  10. Promote cooperation with other Working Groups.

DA Documents and Publications

International Target Values 2010for Measurement Uncertaintiesin Safeguarding Nuclear Materials
(774.62 KB - PDF)
Report on the Workshop on Reference Material needs and Evaluation of Measurement Uncertainties in Destructive (DA) and Non-Destructive Analysis (NDA)
(272.95 KB - PDF)
Report on the Workshop on Uncertainties in Nuclear Measurements
(177.21 KB - PDF)


DA Useful Links

DA CIRCA BC Document Repository (credentials required)