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Training in Emergency Preparedness and Response

One of the functions of the IAEA is to provide training for the implementation of standards for emergency response preparedness in Member States (in accordance with the Statutes) and to develop appropriate training programmes for personnel to deal with nuclear accidents or radiological emergencies (article 5 of the Assistance Convention. Training systems contribute to the Agency's mission by developing and making available standardized courses, including course plans, lecture material, training aids, equipment and other training resources to support national and regional training and seminars. The IAEA Safety Standards "Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (GS-R-2), lists, among its requirements, that:

All persons associated with performing functions in radiation emergency have to be suitably trained and qualified so that they understand their responsibilities and perform their duties safely, and that
Response organisations identify the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be able to perform the emergency response functions. They should also make arrangements for selection of personnel and training to ensure that the personnel have the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, equipment, procedures and other arrangements to perform their assigned response function.
Training for emergency preparedness and response is predicated on a concept of self-sustaining education and training in Member States. Competence is acquired, developed and maintained through an established programme of training.


For the purpose of training the following categories of persons are identified as target groups (audience):

  • Decision-makers (emergency managers)
  • Emergency planners (facility, local, regional and national level)
  • Emergency response co-ordinators
  • Staff of regulatory authorities
  • Qualified experts/radiation protection officers (radiological assessors, technical advisers to decision-makers)
  • Medical personnel: medical doctors, medical specialists, nurses and technicians (supporting personnel)
  • First responders: police, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel (paramedics), civil protection personnel
  • Persons responsible for training in emergency preparedness and response
  • Public relations personnel
  • Political authorities and civil servants

The IEC offers a range of training courses.


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| Last update: Tuesday, December 09, 2014.