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 | 4 March 2015
The IAEA and Iran have agreed to hold a technical meeting in Tehran on 9 March 2015.
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Top Story | 11 December 2014
The IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday endorsed a request for the Agency to extend its monitoring and verification activities in Iran under a Joint Plan of Action agreed between Iran and six other countries.
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Top Story | 25 November 2014
On 25 November 2014, Director General Yukiya Amano was interviewed live on CNN on the status of the Iranian Nuclear Programme and the Role of the IAEA.
The following is the transcript of the broadcasted interview

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

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