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International Conventions

​Ireland is a signatory to the following international conventions related to nuclear safety and radiological matters:

 

Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland on the early notification of a nuclear accident or incident of radiological significance and the exchange of information concerning the operation and management of nuclear facilities or activities.

OSPAR - The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic. The 1992 OSPAR Convention is the current instrument guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic. Further information is available at their dedicated website.

Convention on the Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident. This Convention aims to strengthen international cooperation in order to provide relevant information about nuclear accidents as early as necessary in order that transboundary radiological consequences can be mimimized. Further information is available at their dedicated website.

Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Nuclear Emergency. Sets out the international framework for cooperation among State Parties and with the IAEA to facilitate prompt assistance and support in the event of nuclear accidents or radiological emergencies. Further information is available at their dedicated website.

Convention on Nuclear Safety. The Convention was adopted in Vienna on 17 June 1994. The Convention was drawn up during a series of expert level meetings from 1992 to 1994 and was the result of considerable work by Governments , national nuclear safety authorities and the Agency’s Secretariat. It’s aim is to legally commit participating States operating land-based nuclear power plants to maintain a high level of safety by setting international benchmarks to which States would subscribe. Further information is available at their dedicated website

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The Joint Convention entered into force on 18 June 2001. It applies to spent fuel and radioactive waste resulting from civilian nuclear reactors and applications and to spent fuel and radioactive waste from military or defence programmes when declared as spent fuel or radioactive waste for the purpose of the Convention by the Contracting Party. Further information is available at their dedicated website.

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM). The Convention entered into force on 8 February 1987. It establishes measures related to the prevention, detection and punishment of offences related to nuclear material. Further information is available at their dedicated website.

Amendment to the CPPNM, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities. On 8 July, 2005, States Parties to the CPPNM adopted by consensus an Amendment to the CPPNM. The Amendment will enter into force when it has been ratified by two-thirds of the States Parties of the Convention. The Amendment constitutes an important milestone in international efforts to improve the physical protection of nuclear material and facilities. Further information is available at their dedicated website.