In a nuclear or radiological incident or emergency, the Agency’s roles encompass: notification and official information exchange; assessment of potential emergency consequences and prognosis of potential emergency progression; providing public information; providing assistance on request; and coordinating the inter-agency response. It fulfils this through the Incident and Emergency System.

  • Incident and Emergency System

    The IAEA maintains the Incident and Emergency System to ensure that its Secretariat is prepared to respond in a timely, appropriate and efficient manner to any event that may have actual, potential or perceived radiological consequences to health, property or the environment. Read more →

  • Notification and reporting

    The IAEA has emergency contact points worldwide that can use various channels to communicate with the Agency through its Incident and Emergency Centre. The Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies (USIE) is a secure website maintained by the IAEA to enable countries to exchange urgent notifications and follow-up information during an emergency. Read more →

  • International assistance

    If a State needs assistance in the event of a nuclear or radiological incident or emergency, it may request it from or through the IAEA. For this purpose, the Agency maintains the Response and Assistance Network (RANET). Read more →

  • Assessment and prognosis

    One of the IAEA’s response roles is to provide Member States, international organizations and the general public with timely, clear, factually correct, objective and easily understandable information during a nuclear emergency, based on evidence, scientific knowledge and the capabilities of Member States. Read more →

  • Emergency communication to the public

    The IAEA works with Member States and international organizations to release consistent, accurate and timely information to the public during a nuclear and radiological emergency. Read more →

  • Coordination of inter-agency response

    To facilitate and coordinate inter-agency cooperation in case of an emergency, the IAEA, together with other relevant international intergovernmental organizations, established the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies (IACRNE).  Read more →


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