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Frequently Asked Questions

General
What does the AP Declaration Helper web site do for me?
The AP Declaration Helper web site provides general information and support to those States or organizations that may have activities to declare under the terms of an Additional Protocol agreement with the IAEA. The primary function of the web site is provided in the form of a pair of interviews that help you decide what activities you have that are likely to be declarable or to determine whether a single activity is likely to be declarable.
How does the AP Declaration Helper Interview work?
The AP Declaration Helper conducts simple, guided interviews with questions that require Yes/No answers. The questions are designed to keep the interviews as short and simple as possible. Each question either helps determine declarability or leads to the next logical question in the process.
There are two types of interviews - Which one should I take?
If you already have a specific list of activities that you think are likely to be declarable, you can take the “Evaluate a Single Activity” interview once for each activity. This will provide an affirmative or negative result regarding the potential declarability of each activity. If you are not sure whether you have any declarable activities, you might prefer to take the “Evaluate/Identify Multiple Activities” interview. This interview will help you build a list of activities within your organization that are likely to be declarable. You may take either interview whenever you like.
Where did the questions come from?
The questions in the interviews were written to help you identify activities that have certain characteristics that might make them declarable to the IAEA as defined in INFCIRC/540,” MODEL PROTOCOL ADDITIONAL TO THE AGREEMENTS(S) BETWEEN STATE(S) AND THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY FOR THE APPLICATION OF SAFEGUARDS,” which is commonly referred to as the Additional Protocol. Each question focuses on a specific requirement outlined in the Additional Protocol. It may take one or several questions to determine whether an activity is or is not likely to be declarable under a given article of the AP.
What information must I enter?
The only information you are required to enter are the Yes/No answers to the questions in the interview. You are never required to enter any more data than that.
What do you do with my information?
Nothing. We do not retain any of the information you enter, not even the Yes/No answers you provide in the interviews. Once you exit the interview and close your browser, you cannot recover the data you entered during the interview.
Are the results of the AP Declaration Helper interview definitive?
No. The AP Declaration Helper web site is intended to assist users in identifying information that is likely to be declarable to the IAEA under Article 2 of the Additional Protocol. However, it is only a tool. No part of this web site is intended to provide authoritative information or definitive results and its use is subject to a number of limitations. For example, when using the AP helper Interview tool, the user must determine which activities to consider evaluating. The Declaration Helper provides no means of assuring that the user has in fact considered all activities that need to be evaluated. Further, answering an interview question correctly requires the user to apply judgment and knowledge concerning the activity being evaluated in order to produce accurate results. Users should also be aware that this tool is based on the Model Additional Protocol (INFCIRC/540 (Corrected)), so it does not address any modified or additional provisions that may be included in some States’ versions of the AP. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the State to provide complete and accurate information to the IAEA under AP Article 2. While the AP Declaration Helper web site can assist users involved in this process, it is no substitute for a comprehensive and systematic evaluation by the State and by those organizations and individuals that the State has chosen to make responsible for providing input to its declaration.
How should I identify my Interview?
You may identify your interview session by giving it an optional name that is meaningful to you. You can use the actual names of your activities, organizations, departments, etc.; use code names or numbers that bare no direct connection with your actual programs, or enter no name at all. It is completely up to you. None of the information you enter will be saved on the web site.
Can I use the AP Declaration Helper without an Internet connection?
Yes . There is a desktop version of the AP Declaration Helper that, once installed on your PC, can be operated without an internet connection. In order to get a copy of this program, however, you must use an internet-connected computer to download the setup file from the AP Declaration Helper web site and run the installation. You need not provide any information to download the setup file.
How can I print the results of my interviews?
Each interview can be viewed or printed using one or more reports. The report links are located in the upper right side of interview page in your browser. The reports can be viewed, saved, or printed just as any other web page can be, based on the capabilities of your browser.
Can I save my report as a PDF file?
No specific functionality is provided by the application to support output in PDF or any other file format. There are, however, numerous free or low cost printer drivers that enable you to save the printed output of your report (or other files) in PDF format. These drivers are commercially available and may be found by searching the Internet.
Where can I get additional information or help?
You may contact aphelper@nnsa.doe.gov for more information about the AP Declaration Helper.
When I already have a help window open and minimized, clicking another help link in the application does not restore the help window so I can see it. Why is that?
This application makes extensive use of Javascript, a technology that allows certain behaviors to occur in your browser. Some users may have browsers that have strict security settings which limit some things Javascript can do. In this case, it prevents one browser window from changing the state of another. This is for your protection. However, such settings may interfere with some functionality in this application. If you experience this or other difficulties, you may try lowering the security settings on your browser. In Internet Explorer, you can simply add the AP Declaration Helper web site to your Trusted Sites. This is an especially good option when running the desktop version of this application. You should only change the security settings in your browser if you are comfortable doing so. We cannot be held responsible for any consequences that may occur should you decide to change your security settings.
I'm having trouble with the latest version of Internet Explorer. What can I do?
It is possible you have downloaded a version Internet Explorer for which compatibility changes have not yet been released. Interent Explorer provides a Compatibility Mode button that causes Internet Explorer to run as if it were an older release. This button appears to the left of the "Refresh" arror at the right-hand end of the address bar. When it is selected, it appears slightly more blue in color than when it is not. The AP Declaration Helper should run fine in Compatibility Mode.

Desktop Software
How does the desktop version of the AP Declaration Helper differ from the web version?
The desktop application is a near-exact copy of the web application, but it is hosted by your own computer rather than a remote web server. It provides offline access to the same interviews, integrated help, and FAQs that are available through the online version at the time that the desktop version is downloaded. The only functional difference between the two versions is that the desktop version allows you to Save and re-Open interviews on your personal computer. This enables you to start an interview, save it mid-stream, and then re-open and complete it later. It also provides a means to store your interview files and share them with other users at your discretion. The desktop version of the software may be downloaded from the web site.
Why would I use the desktop version of the AP Declaration Helper rather than the web-based version?
If you wish to use a computer that does not have an Internet connection or if you do not want to enter your data while connected to the Internet, then you might prefer to use the desktop version of the AP Declaration Helper. If you want to save copies of your interview sessions on your personal computer for re-use, then you must use the desktop version.
I’m having trouble running the desktop version on my Vista PC. What can I do?
If the problem you are encountering is an error that says something like “The Web Page Cannot be Found” (the actual message may vary, depending on your browser), the problem may be in the Hosts file on your computer. Note – You may need the assistance of someone with administrator privileges on your computer to perform the following procedure. To correct the problem, locate the Hosts file on your PC and open it in Notepad or another text editor. The Hosts file is typically found at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\Hosts. Near the bottom of the file, you might see the following line:

::1 localhost

Insert the following line below the line shown above or use it to replace the line shown above:

127.0.0.1 localhost

Save the Hosts file in the same location from which you opened it.

If your host file already contains the above entry and you are still receiving the error, please report the problem through the Contact Us link on the AP Declaration Helper web site.
What are the System Requirements for the Desktop version of the AP Declaration Helper?
  • PC with Pentium-class processor and at least 1Gigabyte of memory.
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP 3 or newer operating system
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 or newer
  • A compatible web browser, such as a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome