International Conventions and Legal Agreements
Convention on Assistance in Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency
Adopted in 1986 following the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency sets out an international framework for co-operation among States Parties and with the IAEA to facilitate prompt assistance and support in the event of nuclear accidents or radiological emergencies. It requires States to notify the IAEA of their available experts, equipment, and other materials for providing assistance. In case of a request, each State Party decides whether it can render the requested assistance as well as its scope and terms. Assistance may be offered without costs taking into account inter alia the needs of developing countries and the particular needs of countries without nuclear facilities. The IAEA serves as the focal point for such cooperation by channelling information, supporting efforts, and providing its available services.
For additional information see the General Conference document on Measures to Strengthen International Co-Operation in Nuclear, Radiation and Waste Safety, particularly Annex 1. GC(44)/INF/4.
Date of adoption: 26 September 1986
Place of adoption: Vienna, Austria
Date of entry into force: 26 February 1987
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
Depositary Governments: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)