The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) issued an outline regarding nuclear safety strategy and invited the public to evaluate the draft and give their commentary and observations.
FANR regulation entitled “Basic Safety Standards for Facilities and Activities involving Ionizing Radiation other than in Nuclear Facilities” listed the requirements for the utilization, production, possession, and disposal of radioactive materials in all locations of the country excluding nuclear facilities where huge amounts of nuclear material are used. The facilities concerned include research facilities, hospitals, oil and gas sites, universities, and an array of other industrial locations. The nuclear power plant, which construction is still ongoing in the Western region of Abu Dhabi will be covered by different regulations.
The draft regulation is a revision of the existing FANR-REG-24 to coincide it with the Basic Safety Standards launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This draft has already been made accessible for 30 days to local and federal government entities for their annotations.
FANR has been encouraging its stakeholders to review and comment on a range of regulations and guidelines through either web-based or face-to-face communication from the time when it was established on September 24, 2009.