Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear

Regardless of cause, the release of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials affecting, or with the potential to affect Northern Ireland is likely to have a significant impact on health and social care.


Any event has the potential to require:

  • the immediate redistribution of health and social care services
  • the need to provide urgent assistance to victims and first responders from emergency services at the scene
  • clear and regular health and social care advice to the wider general public

In dealing with such events, DoH and wider health and social care organisations have a number of specific CBRN preparedness and response arrangements in place. These include:

  • the stockpiling of pharmaceutical medical and surgical equipment and related consumables
  • participation in the development, exercising and evaluation of multi-agency plans
  • the establishment of mutual aid and communication agreements


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