The mission of the AERB is to ensure the use of ionising radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to the health of people and the environment.

Convention on Nuclear Safety

The Government of India ratified the Convention on Nuclear Safety on March 31, 2005. The Objectives of the Convention are to achieve and maintain a high level of nuclear safety worldwide, to establish and maintain effective defenses in nuclear installations against potential radiological hazards, in order to protect individuals, society and the environment from harmful effects  of  ionizing  radiation  from  such installations;  and  to  prevent  accidents with radiological  consequences and to mitigate such consequences, should they occur.

The Convention places certain obligations on the States operating nuclear power plants. The obligations are based on the principles contained in the IAEA Safety Fundamentals document "Fundamental Safety Principles (SF-1)" and cover for instance, siting, design, construction, operation, the availability of adequate financial and human resources, the assessment and verification of safety, quality assurance and emergency preparedness.

The Convention has a peer review process, wherein the Contracting Parties are required to submit national reports on the implementation of their obligations for "peer review" at the meetings of the Contracting Parties, to be held at the IAEA. These review meetings are held once every three years. The national reports are to be prepared following specified guidelines and should be submitted about nine months ahead of the Review Meeting, for review by other Contracting Parties. Based review, questions are posed on the national reports by other Contracting Parties, for which the answers are to be provided within the specified deadline before the Review Meetings. Further, the Contracting Parties are required to present their own national reports and also peer review the national reports of other Contracting Parties, during the Review Meeting, which extends over two weeks. Based on the peer review, a Country Review Report is prepared (introduced for the first time in the 7th Review Meeting), which is further considered in the Plenary session of the Review Meeting for preparation of the Summary Report of the Review Meeting. As per the guidelines and rules of the Convention, the Summary Reports of the review meetings are publicly available. Making the other reports of the Convention pertaining to the respective countries public is the prerogative of the individual governments.

India submitted its first national report for the Convention for the 4th Review Meeting in 2008. Subsequently national reports were submitted for the 5th Review meeting in 2011, 6th Review Meeting in 2014 and 7th Review Meeting in 2017. Apart from these India also submitted a national report for the 2nd Extra-ordinary meeting held in August 2012.
Seventh Review Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) during 27 March to 7 April 2017
The 7th Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety was held at the Headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria from 27 March to 7 April 2017. Seventy seven Contracting Parties participated in the Review Meeting.

India submitted its National Report for review by the Contracting Parties on August 15, 2016. The Report updates how the Government of India continues to fulfill its obligations under Articles 6 through 19 of the Convention. All land-based nuclear power plants including storage, handling and treatment facilities for radioactive materials attached to the NPP and directly related to the operation of nuclear power plants are covered in the national report. This report also addresses the national position with regard to the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety for the implementation of the objectives of the CNS. India received a total of 224 questions on this National Report and provided answers to all these questions within the stipulated time.

An Indian Delegation led by Chairman AERB, with experts from AERB, BARC, NPCIL and the Indian Embassy at Vienna, participated in the Review Meeting. The Indian Delegation presented the National Report in the review meeting and participated in the discussions for preparation of the Country Review Report, which provides the outcome of the peer review.

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Click here for Answers to the Questions posed on India’s National Report

Click here for Country Review Report on India

Click here for Summary Report of the 7th Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties of CNS


Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety
Sixth Review Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) during 24 March – 4 April, 2014
Second Extraordinary Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) during 27 to 31 August 2012
Fifth Review Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) during April 4 -14, 2011
Fourth Review Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) during April 14 -28, 2008

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