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.

Document Development

Development of Regulatory Safety Documents

AERB develops and lays down safety requirements and guidance for utilities and users in form of Regulatory Safety Documents. Regulatory safety documents are issued under provisions of Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules, 2004. The regulatory safety documents are developed with a view to cover the entire spectrum of regulated nuclear and radiation facilities and activities, as applicable, with graded approach.

The regulatory safety documents are categorised as follows:

Safety Codes and Standards

Safety codes establish the objectives and set requirements that shall be fulfilled to provide adequate assurance for safety. All draft Safety Codes are put up on AERB website for public comments and are finalised only after addressing the comments as appropriate.

Safety Guidelines

A document providing safety requirements and guidance for particular practices or applications where a corresponding safety code has not been issued.

Safety Guides

Safety guides elaborate various requirements specified in Safety Codes and furnish recommended approaches for their implementation.

Safety Manuals

A document detailing the various safety aspects/instructions and requirements relating to a particular practice or application that are to be followed by a utility.

New regulatory safety documents are developed or existing documents are revised on the basis of technological advances, changes in international state of art, research and development work, relevant operational lessons learned and institutional knowledge. AERB has an established process for development, review, revision and publication of regulatory safety documents. Involvement of experts (in-house as well outside) and stakeholders in the process is ensured. Compliance to regulatory safety documents forms the basis for regulation of facilities & activities and ensures that the use of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to health and the environment.

In keeping with AERB’s commitment to stakeholders’ engagement, comments and suggestions on any regulatory safety document are invited by AERB. You can post your comments and suggestions to documents@aerb.gov.in at any time. AERB will use these comments in future revisions of its regulatory safety documents.

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