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International operational arrangements

These arrangements are the practical means by which the IAEA, its Member States and other international organizations maintain emergency preparedness and effectively respond to any nuclear and radiological incident or emergency.

The international operational arrangements comprise the Operations Manual for Incident and Emergency Communication (IEComm), the IAEA Response and Assistance Network (RANET) and the Joint Radiation Emergency Management Plan of the International Organizations (JPLAN).

IEComm facilitates the implementation of the articles of the Early Notification Convention and the Assistance Convention that are operational in nature, such as the provisions for notification and information exchange and the communication protocols for Contact Points identified under the Early Notification Convention and the Assistance Convention (through messages via faxes, telephone lines, emails and a secure and protected web site that could be responded to around the clock). These measures are the subject of regular exercises of various levels of complexity called convention exercises (ConvEx).

RANET was established to facilitate the provision of international assistance upon request and in compliance with the Assistance Convention. This system forms an operational mechanism to provide assistance in different technical areas, with the help of national capabilities registered in the network.

JPLAN describes a common understanding of how each organization acts during a response and in making preparedness arrangements for a nuclear or radiological emergency. It provides a mechanism for coordination, and clarifies the roles and capabilities of the participating international organizations. It is maintained by the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies (IACRNE), for which the IAEA provides the Secretariat.

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