Pillars of Nuclear Cooperation

Promoting Safeguards & Verification

The IAEA Works to Prevent the Further Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Department of Safeguards

The IAEA is the world´s nuclear inspectorate, with more than four decades of verification experience. Inspectors work to verify that safeguarded nuclear material and activities are not used for military purposes.

The IAEA inspects nuclear and related facilities under safeguards agreements with more than 145 States around the world. Most agreements are with States that have internationally committed themselves not to possess nuclear weapons. These agreements are concluded pursuant to the global Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), for which the IAEA is the verification authority.

The IAEA Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the IAEA´s safeguards work.