CNSC releases an update to its scientific glossary of terms and definitions

News release

August 9, 2018 – Ottawa (ON)

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has updated regulatory document REGDOC-3.6, Glossary of CNSC Terminology.

This document provides a list of terms and definitions used in the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the regulations made under it, and CNSC regulatory documents and other publications, such as annual reports and guidance documents.

To ensure a consistent style and voice, accurate rendering of the original text and a consistent translation, this glossary has been reviewed by a cross-functional team of technical specialists.

This is an evergreen document, intended to be updated as needed. New terms and definitions will be added as new or revised regulatory documents or other publications are published. Comments on terms and definitions are always welcome; please contact the CNSC if you have any suggestions to improve the completeness, cohesiveness or clarity of this document.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security 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

  • This update (August 2018) replaces the version published in December 2016.

  • Scientists and technicians rely on this document for consistency of definitions in their scientific and technical research and materials.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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