About FANR

The highest international standards of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation

In September 2009 FANR was established to be the regulatory body for the nuclear sector in the UAE in accordance with Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, which was issued by the UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

FANR protects the UAE’s public, its workers and the environment by conducting nuclear regulatory programmes in safety, security, radiation protection and safeguards, which fulfill key objectives in licensing and inspection in accordance with best international practices. FANR also oversees the implementation of the UAE’s obligations under the international treaties, conventions and agreements in the nuclear sector, and determines administrative standards, which support excellence in regulation.​

FANR has achieved remarkable success in the UAE’s peaceful nuclear programme through transparency in its operations and a dedication to sustainability through the capacity-building of Emiratis in the nuclear sector at FANR. Furthermore, FANR has also gained international recognition as a competent regulatory body and for its close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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​History o​f FANR

  1. April The Policy of the United Arab Emirates on the Evaluation and Potential Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy

    2008
  2. April The UAE signs an Additional Protocol to its comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA
    September His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, issues Federal Law No. 6 of 2009, ‘Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy' i.e. the Nuclear Law’, which establishes the Federal Authority For Nuclear Regulation

    2009
  3. March FANR issues its first license for the ‘Survey of Potential Site for Nuclear Facility’ to ENEC
    August FANR signs a cooperation Arrangement with US NRC for the exchange of technical information and cooperation in nuclear safety, security, and safeguards
    October FANR issues its first regulation, ‘Regulation for Radiation Dose Limits

    2010
  4. April The first batch of FANR employees complete FANR’s Inspector Qualification Programme
    December FANR signs a Cooperation Agreement with the Korean Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) to cooperate in the areas of nuclear safety, security and safeguards through the exchange of information, experience, staff and technology

    2011
  5. May FANR signs a Cooperation Arrangement with the French Nuclear Regulator (ASN) to exchange technical information and cooperation with regards to the regulation of nuclear safety and radiation protection
    July FANR grants a construction license for Barakah Units 1 and 2

    2012
  6. February The first female Emirati graduates with an International Master’s Degree Program on Nuclear and Radiation Safety from the KINS-KAIST program

    2013
  7. September FANR grants a construction license for Barakah Units 3 and 4

    2014
  8. March FANR receives Operating License Application for Barakah Units 1 and 2

    2015
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