Regulatory infrastructure

One objective of a global nuclear safety regulatory framework is to strengthen the transparency, openness, independence, technical competence and effectiveness of regulatory bodies in Member States. The IAEA Safety Standards establish basic requirements for legal, governmental and regulatory infrastructures for nuclear, radiation, radioactive waste and transport safety.

  • Radiation sources

    Radiation sources

    Protecting people and the environment from any risks of radiation requires a legislative framework and a national regulatory infrastructure for the control of radiation sources. The IAEA’s Safety Standards, Code of Conduct and guidance documents provide the international requirements and recommendations for such a regulatory system. Read more →

  • Nuclear installations

    The protection of people and the environment in countries with nuclear installations relies on the existence of a solid regulatory framework that oversees the safety of these installations. The IAEA promotes and supports the establishment of comprehensive regulatory frameworks to ensure the safety of nuclear installations throughout their lifetime. Read more →

  • Transport Regulations and Provisions

    Transport regulations and provisions

    The IAEA plays a central role in helping countries to ensure that radioactive material is transported safely, both nationally and internationally. For more than 50 years, its transport safety regulations have provided for a high level of protection for people and the environment worldwide. Read more →

  • Security

    The legal foundation for nuclear security consists of international instruments and recognized principles designed to control nuclear material and other radioactive substances. This broad range of instruments, many of which were developed under IAEA auspices, provides a framework for using such material in ways that protect all States. Read more →


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