Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency 1986—snapshot
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Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency 1986—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Clare Regnart provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency 1986—snapshot
  • Snapshot on the 1986 Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency
  • Purpose of the Convention
  • What does the Convention do?
  • Key articles
  • Implementation in Europe
  • Implementation in the UK
  • The future of the Convention

Snapshot on the 1986 Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency

Title 1986 Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (The Assistance Convention)
Parties 111 Parties and 68 Signatories
Location Vienna
Adopted 26th September 1986
Came into force 26th February 1987
Subject International assistance & support in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency

Purpose of the Convention

To 'enable' prompt assistance and to 'facilitate' international cooperation in the face of a nuclear or radiological emergency.

The Convention was modelled on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines entitled: Guidelines for Mutual Emergency Assistance Arrangements in Connection with a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency 1984.

What does the Convention do?

The Convention provides a framework within which assistance may be sought and given.

Key articles

Key articles Article 2:

A State Party may seek assistance either:

  1. directly from another State Party or

  2. through the IAEA

It is important to