DOE Packaging Certification Program
Glossary

This page presents a glossary of key terminology beyond the codified definitions of 10 CFR 71.4.  These terms are to be used as applicable in correspondence with the DOE Packaging Certification Program (PCP).  Please email requests for additional elaborations of PCP terminology to the Docket Manager.


CA:  CA is an acronym used by DOT for a Competent Authority Authorization document issued for international shipments based on documents other than a USA CoC (DOE or NRC CoC) or a foreign countries' CAC.  For example DOT has issued CAs for international shipments using a packaging authorized under a DOT Special Permit.  CAs are not shown on the RAMPAC database.

CAC:  The DOT is the IAEA USA Competent Authority and issues DOT Competent Authority Certifications based on either USA CoCs issued by NRC or DOE, or to revalidate IAEA certificates issued by other countries.  These foreign certificates are called many different names depending on the name each foreign country selected to use for their certificates.  All DOT CACs are titled "Competent Authority Certification."   However, when DOT issues a Competent Authority Certification (CAC) to revalidate a foreign certificate, DOT uses the term "Competent Authority Certificate" for that foreign certificate name.  Therefore CAC can refer to either "Competent Authority Certification" (the DOT issued certificate) or Competent Authority Certificate (term used by DOT for certificates issued by a foreign country).  All DOT issued CACs are displayed and can be downloaded on RAMPAC.

CoC:  Certificate of Compliance. The certificates issued by both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and by the Department of Energy (DOE) are called CoCs.  All CoCs issued by DOE and NRC for use in commerce, except for NRC CoCs issued to Naval Reactors, are displayed and can be downloaded from RAMPAC.  Note: There are a small number of CoCs that are for "official use only" and the contact for obtaining copies of these CoCs is listed on RAMPAC.

CoCA:  The CoCA acronym stands for Certificate of Competent Authority and was formerly used to define all certificates issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT).  Currently CoCA is used only for DOT certificates for special form radioactive materials.  DOT certificates that now use the acronym CoCA are officially shown as "IAEA Certificate of Competent Authority Special Form Radioactive Materials."  Copies of all DOT issued CoCAs are displayed and can be downloaded on RAMPAC.

Radioactive Material Storage:  Radioactive material or radioactively contaminated material packaged in accordance with the packaging's Certificate of Compliance or other applicable DOE or NRC requirements and held for future disposition.

The following terms identify classes of radioactive material storage. 
Incident to Transportation:  Storage of a radioactive material package at the shipper's facility not exceeding one year after being packaged before being offered for transportation.

Intermediate:  Storage of a radioactive material package at the shipper's facility greater than five years and less than twenty-five years before being offered for transportation.

Long-Term:  Storage of a radioactive material package at the shipper's facility greater than twenty-five years.

Temporary:  Storage of a radioactive material package at the shipper's facility not exceeding five years after being packaged before being offered for transportation.


Updated October 2, 2013




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