Department of Safeguards

Delivering effective nuclear verification for world peace


The primary role of the Department of Safeguards is to deter the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It does so in two ways: by providing credible assurances that States are honouring their international obligations, thus helping to build international confidence, and by being able to detect early any misuse of nuclear material or technology, thereby alerting the world to potential proliferation.

To do so, the Department applies various technical measures referred to as ‘safeguards’ to verify the correctness and the completeness of the declarations made by States about their nuclear material and activities. IAEA safeguards are an essential component of the international security system.

Read more on how we implement safeguards, what is our Safeguards mission and legal framework.

Latest News and Topics

Top Story | | 31 October 2014
On 31 October 2014, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivered a statement at Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. on the challenges of nuclear verification and the role of the IAEA with regards to Iran's nuclear programme.
Challenges in Nuclear Verification: The IAEA's Role on the Iranian Nuclear Issue

Top Story | | 20 October 2014
Technical Plenary Keynote by Tero Varjoranta, Head of the Department of Safeguards

Top Story | 9 October 2014
On 7 and 8 October 2014, the IAEA and the Islamic Republic of Iran held technical meetings within the Framework for Cooperation that was agreed between the parties in November 2013.
IAEA and Iran Hold Technical Meetings in Tehran

Top Story | 17 August 2014
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano comments on visit to Iran.

Video | 2 June 2014
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano briefs the Board of Governors on nuclear verification issues in Iran.
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