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DNDO Agency Guidance on the GRaDER Program

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is mandated by Congress to set Technical Capability Standards (TCSs) and implement a test and evaluation program for preventive radiological/nuclear (Rad/Nuc) detection equipment in the United States.

The Graduated Rad/Nuc Detector Evaluation and Reporting (GRaDERSM) Program evaluates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Rad/Nuc detection equipment against national consensus standards adopted by the Department of Homeland Security and TCSs.

Mission

Different vehicles of the Department

  • Identify radiation detection products that comply with standards and satisfy Homeland Security mission requirements
  • Enable federal, state, local, tribal and territorial agencies to make more informed radiological/nuclear detector procurement decisions

Objectives

  • Provide infrastructure for the collection of high integrity test data
    • Use National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) lab accreditation process to confirm test lab capability and competence
    • Identify instrument categories, applicable standards, reporting protocols and compliance levels
  • Become a self-sustaining testing program
    • Manufacturers pay for voluntary testing by NVLAP accredited labs on their own schedule
    • Labs submit for and maintain accreditation
  • Standardize instrument testing procedures and presentation of test results to assure valid and easily interpreted comparisons
  • Develop government post-market surveillance program to track products already evaluated under the GRaDER program

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Please let us know how we are doing! Email your ideas, comments and suggestions about the GRaDER program to GRaDER.Comments@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Published Date: May 15, 2014
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