Department of Safeguards

Delivering effective nuclear verification for world peace


The primary role of the Department of Safeguards is to deter the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It does so in two ways: by providing credible assurances that States are honouring their international obligations, thus helping to build international confidence, and by being able to detect early any misuse of nuclear material or technology, thereby alerting the world to potential proliferation.

To do so, the Department applies various technical measures referred to as ‘safeguards’ to verify the correctness and the completeness of the declarations made by States about their nuclear material and activities. IAEA safeguards are an essential component of the international security system.

Read more on how we implement safeguards, what is our Safeguards mission and legal framework.

Latest News and Topics

Video | 2 June 2014
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano briefs the Board of Governors on nuclear verification issues in Iran.
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Top Story |21 May 2014
Joint Statement by Iran and IAEA

Top Story |12 May 2014
IAEA Statement Following Meeting With Iran

Top Story | 11 March 2014
Communication dated 5 March 2014 received from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Agency regarding the Report of the Director General on the Implementation of Safeguards in Iran

Top Story | 20 February 2014
Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Top Story | 20 February 2014
Status of Iran's Nuclear Programme in Relation to the Joint Plan of Action

Top Story | 17 February 2014
Monitoring and Verification in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Relation to the Joint Plan of Action

Top Story | 9 February 2014
IAEA and Iran Conclude Talks in Connection with Implementation of Framework for Cooperation
On 8 and 9 February 2014, the Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) held constructive technical meetings within the Framework for Cooperation that was agreed between the parties last November. Read more →

Top Story | 20 January 2014
Remarks by IAEA Deputy Director General Tero Varjoranta
In connection with the status of Iran’s nuclear programme related to the Joint Plan of Action, the following is an edited transcript of remarks to media today by Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards. Read more →

Video | 7 January 2014
Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the IAEA promotes peaceful, safe and secure use of nuclear science and technology. The IAEA - In Focus video offers an insight into the multi-faceted work of the IAEA.
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Press Release | 11 December 2013
Statement by IAEA and Iran Following Technical Talks in Vienna.
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Press Release | 11 November 2013
Statement by IAEA and Iran Following Technical Talks in Tehran.
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