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

The following Energy practice note 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
  • Euratom and Brexit
  • The future of the Convention

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

Title1986 Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (The Assistance Convention)
Parties111 Parties and 68 Signatories
LocationVienna
Adopted26th September 1986
Came into force26th February 1987
SubjectInternational 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 note that the accident or emergency for which assistance is sought need not have occurred in the territory or jurisdiction of the requesting State.

When making a request for assistance a State must provide information as to the type and level of assistance being sought.

A State Party of whom a request is made must respond promptly either

  1. directly to the requester State or

  2. through the IAEA

The State of whom a request is made must notify the requester

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