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

Latest Topic | 24 April 2015
The IAEA Department of Safeguards published a new multimedia booklet introducing IAEA Safeguards.
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Press Release | 16 April 2015
The IAEA and Iran held a technical meeting in Tehran on 15 April 2015.
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Press Release | 13 April 2015
The IAEA and Iran have agreed to hold a technical meeting in Tehran on 15 April 2015.
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Press Release | 2 April 2015
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by E3+3 and Iran in Lausanne.
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Top Story | 24 March 2015
The IAEA is often called the world's "nuclear watchdog". Have you ever wondered why that is?
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