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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

Burundi: Adoption of the Law on the peaceful use, safety and security of nuclear energy and ionising radiation

Success Story, Eastern and Central Africa Regional Secretariat

Burundi Success Story
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Description and contribution of the EU CBRN CoE

The EU CBRN CoE supported Burundi in developing its first legal framework for the management of nuclear materials and ionising radiation, agents that are frequently used in industries such as health care or agriculture.

Most of the members involved in drafting this law benefited from capacity-building through various projects launched as part of the EU CBRN CoE.

Results and impact

The new law will regulate all aspects for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Any activity relating to the use, export, transfer, transport and storage of radiological equipment, ionising radiation equipment or nuclear material will now be subject to prior authorisation issued by Burundi's Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority, pursuant to this law.

Key lessons learned

The drafting of this law was made possible by the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary team from the various institutions involved in the management of CBRN incidents. This process demonstrated the relevance of promoting cooperation between different partners and institutions through the CoE network.


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