IAEA Safety Standards and technical guidance

The IAEA Safety Standards dealing with emergency preparedness and response (EPR), along with a range of technical guidance documents and tools, provide requirements, recommendations, guidelines and good practices for building a sound level of emergency preparedness and effective emergency response.

One of the IAEA’s statutory functions is to establish or adopt standards of safety to protect public life, health and property. Under the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, one of the Agency’s functions is to collect and disseminate to States Parties and Member States information concerning methodologies, techniques and available research results that relate to the response to such emergencies. The IAEA fulfils these functions in part through the publication of safety standards, technical guidelines and tools in EPR. 

The IAEA Safety Standards are not legally binding on Member States but may be adopted by them, at their own discretion, for use in national regulations in respect of their own activities. The Standards are, however, binding on the IAEA in relation to its own operations and on States in relation to operations assisted by the IAEA.

The IAEA Safety Requirements establish the conditions that must be met to ensure the protection of people and the environment. The Agency’s Safety Guides provide recommendations and guidance on how to comply with the Safety Requirements and indicate an international consensus on the recommended measures.

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