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

Luxembourg

Russia*

Algeria

Estonia

Madagascar

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Argentina*

Finland*

Malaysia

Saudi Arabia

Armenia*

France*

Mali

Senegal

Australia

Gabon

Mauritania

Serbia

Austria

Georgia

Mauritius

Singapore

Bangladesh

Germany*

Mexico*

Slovak Republic*

Belarus*

Ghana

Moldova

Slovenia*

Belgium*

Greece

Monaco

South Africa*

Benin

Guatemala

Mongolia

Spain*

Bolivia

Hungary*

Montenegro

Sri Lanka

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Iceland

Morocco

Sweden*

Botswana

India*

Mozambique

Switzerland*

Brazil*

Indonesia

Namibia

Syrian Arab Republic

Bulgaria*

Iran*

Netherlands*

Tajikistan

Burkina Faso

Iraq

New Zealand

Tanzania

Cameroon

Ireland

Nicaragua

Thailand

Canada*

Israel

Niger

Tunisia

Chile

Italy

Nigeria

Turkey

China*

Japan*

North Macedonia

Ukraine*

Colombia

Jordan

Norway

United Arab Emirates*

Costa Rica

Kazakhstan

Oman

United Kingdom*

Côte d'Ivoire

Korea*

Pakistan*

United States*

Croatia

Kuwait

Panama

Uruguay

Cuba

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Paraguay

Viet Nam

Cyprus

Latvia

Peru

EURATOM

Czech Republic*

Lebanon

Philippines

Food and Agriculture Organisation

Denmark

Lesotho

Poland

World Health Organisation

Ecuador

Libya

Portugal

World Meteorological Organisation

Egypt

Liechtenstein

Qatar

 

El Salvador

Lithuania

Romania*

 

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