The United Nations Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Standards have been developed to fill a gap in the technical guidance required to respond to the expanding and increasingly complex problem of IEDs.
IEDs impede humanitarian access as well as other UN operations and impact on civilians, United Nations personnel and clearance organizations. In all areas of its IED response, the United Nations requires a safe, cost-effective and coherent approach to IED disposal. The United Nations has a duty of care to ensure that those entrusted with the task of IED disposal have a competent and practical standard to reference to protect their own lives and ensure operational and cost effectiveness. The United Nations IEDD Standards are of a technical nature; they are for use by IED disposal operators and for the organizations and units that employ them under the auspices of the United Nations. For Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Units deployed in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, the IEDD Standards outline the competencies required by individuals to meet the collective unit requirements set forth in the United Nations EOD Unit Manual. For commercial and non-governmental organizations contracted by the United Nations, these Standards provide the basis for evaluation of the contractors Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for IED disposal operations where the context or mandate objective is not humanitarian.