Switzerland signed the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) on 31 October 1995. It ratified the Convention on 12 September 1996, which came into force on 11 December 1996. In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Switzerland has prepared and submitted 4 country reports for Review Meetings of Contracting Parties organised in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008. These meetings at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna were attended by a Swiss delegation.
This 5th report by the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) provides an update on compliance with CNS obligations. In addition, the report attempts to give appropriate consideration to issues that aroused particular interest at the 4th Review Meeting.
This report starts with general political information on Switzerland, a brief history of nuclear power and an overview of Swiss nuclear facilities. This is followed by a comprehensive overview of the status of nuclear safety status in Switzerland (as of July 2010).
The numbering in the report follows the numbering of Articles 6 – 19 of the CNS. The comments for each section indicate clearly how Switzerland complies with the key obligations of the Convention. Appendix 1 contains a list of abbreviations used in the text.
The chapter “Summary and Conclusions” provides an overview of the contents of the report and its conclusions on the degree of compliance with the obligations of the Convention.