Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (Convention on Assistance)
Ongoing

The Convention on Assistance sets up a framework for states parties to co-operate amongst themselves and with the International Atomic Energy Agency to facilitate prompt assistance in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency.

 

Adopted: 26 September 1986

Opened for signature: 26 September 1986 (Vienna) and 6 October 1986 (New York)

Entered into force: 26 February 1987

Parties: 122 (including EURATOM, FAO, WHO and WMO) (see table below)

 

More information on the Convention on Assistance, including the text, is available here.

The text of the Convention on Assistance is also reproduced in the Supplement to Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 38.

The current status of the Convention on Assistance is available here.

The following articles related to the Convention on Assistance were published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

  • The IAEA Conventions on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, by B. Moser (NLB 44, p. 10).
  • Inside nuclear baseball: Reflections on the development of the safety conventions, by C. Stoiber (NLB 100, p. 61).
  • The impact of the major nuclear power plant accidents on the international legal framework for nuclear power, by S.G. Burns (NLB 101, p. 7).

 

Parties to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency

Albania

Eritrea

Madagascar

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Algeria

Estonia

Malaysia

Saudi Arabia

Argentina*

Finland*

Mali

Senegal

Armenia*

France*

Mauritania

Serbia

Australia

Gabon

Mauritius

Singapore

Austria

Georgia

Mexico*

Slovak Republic*

Bangladesh

Germany*

Moldova

Slovenia*

Belarus*

Greece

Monaco

South Africa*

Belgium*

Guatemala

Mongolia

Spain*

Benin

Hungary*

Montenegro

Sri Lanka

Bolivia

Iceland

Morocco

Sweden*

Bosnia and Herzegovina

India*

Mozambique

Switzerland*

Botswana

Indonesia

Namibia

Syrian Arab Republic

Brazil*

Iran*

Netherlands*

Tajikistan

Bulgaria*

Iceland

New Zealand

Tanzania

Burkina Faso

Iraq

Nicaragua

Thailand

Cameroon

Ireland

Niger

Tunisia

Canada*

Israel

Nigeria

Turkey

Chile

Italy

North Macedonia

Ukraine*

China*

Japan*

Norway

United Arab Emirates*

Colombia

Jordan

Oman

United Kingdom*

Costa Rica

Kazakhstan

Pakistan*

United States*

Côte d'Ivoire

Korea*

Panama

Uruguay

Croatia

Kuwait

Paraguay

Viet Nam

Cuba

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Peru

EURATOM

Cypurs

Latvia

Philippines

Food and Agriculture Organisation

Czech Republic*

Lebanon

Poland

World Health Organisation

Denmark

Lesotho

Portugal

World Meteorological Organisation

Ecuador

Libya

Qatar

 

Egypt

Liechtenstein

Romania*

 

El Salvador

Luxembourg

Russian Federation*

 

* Country with at least one nuclear power plant in operation.