Regulations

At FANR, one of our main responsibilities is to develop a nuclear regulatory framework for the construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the UAE, which is in line with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Standards, the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA) and other internationally recognised regulatory practices.

Below is the approved regulation unless stated "public review":

FANR-REG-01

Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities

This regulation defines generic management system requirements applicable throughout all phases (i.e. siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning) of the lifetime of a nuclear facility including any subsequent period of institutional control.

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FANR-REG-02

Siting of Nuclear Facilities

This regulation establishes the requirements for the site evaluation of one or more nuclear facilities. The evaluation will fully characterise the site-specific conditions so that the nuclear facility is protected against external hazards, and that any environmental impacts that might arise from its operation are minimised.

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FANR-REG-03

Design of Nuclear Power Plants

This regulation establishes design requirements for systems, structures and components important to safety that must be met for the safe operation of a nuclear power plant, and for preventing or mitigating the consequences of potential events that could jeopardise safety. It also establishes requirements for a comprehensive safety assessment, which is carried out in order to identify the potential hazards that may arise from the operation of the nuclear facility under the various plant states (i.e. operational states and incident or accident conditions).

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FANR-REG-04 Version 1

Radiation Dose Limits & Optimisation of Radiation Protection for Nuclear Facilities

This regulation establishes dose limits and the requirements for optimisation of radiation protection that are relevant to a nuclear facility in the phases of design, construction, commissioning, normal operation, including anticipated operational occurrences, and decommissioning.

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FANR-REG-05

Application of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) at Nuclear Facilities

This regulation requires the applicant or licensee constructing or operating a nuclear facility to conduct a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) to support the application for a construction and operating licence.

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FANR-REG-06

Application for a Licence to Construct a Nuclear Facility

This regulation is to establish the requirements for an application to FANR for a limited construction licence and/ or a construction licence, or to undertake certain activities that are defined as a regulated activity.

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FANR-REG-08 Version 1

Physical Protection for Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Facilities

This regulation is to provide the requirements for a physical protection programme at a nuclear facility in order to prevent, mitigate and respond to acts of radiological sabotage and the theft of nuclear material.

Please note that due to security protocols access to this regulation is for Official Use Only.

FANR-REG-09 Version 1

Regulation on the Export and Import Control of Nuclear Material, Nuclear Related Items and Nuclear Related Dual-Use Items

"The FANR-REG-09 V.1 has been published in the Official Gazette No. 702 issued on 16 May 2021. It entered into force on 16 June 2021.
This regulation establishes the requirements for licensing, approvals, consent, notifications, record-keeping, reporting and Inspections related to the Transfer of Nuclear Material and Regulated Items to ensure their exclusively peaceful use. It shall apply to any Licensee, other Person and Involved Party in the State (including its free zones and/ or special zones) who engages in the Transfer of Nuclear Material and/ or Regulated Items."

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FANR-REG-10

System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material and Application of Additional Protocol

The objectives of this regulation are to:

  • Establish the requirements for the State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material at the licensee level in order to ensure timely detection of loss, theft, diversion, unauthorised production, or possession
  • Provide the basis for meeting international obligations and commitments under the safeguards agreement and the additional protocol

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FANR-REG-11

Radiation Protection and Predisposal Radioactive Waste Management in Nuclear Facilities

This regulation establishes specific requirements for radiation protection and pre-disposal radioactive waste management subsequent to the receipt of nuclear fuel, and during the operation of nuclear facilities.

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FANR-REG-12 Version 1

Emergency Preparedness and Response for Nuclear Facilities

"The FANR-REG-12 (V.1) was published in the Official Gazette No. 698 (issued on 15 March 2021) and entered into force on 15 April 2021.
This regulation specifies FANR's requirements for the licensee's preparation, planning for and response to emergencies at nuclear facilities. Its purpose is to ensure that the licensee has an organization that is capable of coping with emergencies and mitigating their consequences, and that the licensee can perform assessment actions and implement notification procedures. It also includes inter alia strengthened requirements on classification and notification of emergency classes within specific timeframes and new provisions on termination of an emergency. "

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FANR-REG-13

Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials

This regulation establishes the requirements for the safe transport of radioactive materials as defined in the IAEA Safety Standards Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (2009 Edition, No. TS-R-1 - Arabic - English) within the State by road, rail, and waterways, and under the jurisdiction of the State.

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FANR-REG-13 V1 (for public review)

Regulation for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material

This regulation establishes the requirements to be met to ensure Safety and to protect people, property, and the environment from the harmful effects of Ionising Radiation during the transport of radioactive material within the State, including its free zones and/or special zones.

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FANR-REG-14

Application for a Licence to Operate a Nuclear Facility

This regulation sets the requirements for an application to FANR for a licence for the operation of a nuclear facility including the nuclear commissioning tests.

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FANR-REG-15

Requirements for Off-Site Emergency Plans for Nuclear Facilities

This regulation establishes the requirements that must be satisfied to ensure an effective off-site emergency plan for UAE nuclear facilities.

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FANR-REG-16

Operational Safety including Commissioning

This regulation establishes the requirements for the commissioning and operation of a nuclear facility. It covers commissioning and operation up to the removal of nuclear fuel from the nuclear facility including testing, inspection, maintenance and modifications made throughout the lifetime of the nuclear facility. It covers also the preparation required for the decommissioning of the nuclear facility.

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FANR-REG-17

Certification of Operating Personnel at Nuclear Facilities

This regulation establishes the training, qualifications, and certification requirements for operating personnel. The requirements of this regulation shall apply to nuclear facilities that have nuclear fuel on site, have loaded, or are in the process of loading, nuclear fuel into the reactor vessel, spent fuel pool, or dry storage facility, or otherwise handling nuclear materials, or as specified by FANR.

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FANR-REG-19

Existing Exposure Situations

This regulation sets legal requirements for managing situations in which controls could be established over unplanned events involving radiation exposure. Such exposures could come from naturally occurring radioactive materials such as radon, from residual radioactive material after a nuclear or radiological emergency has ended (other regulations apply to the emergency phase), or from contaminated food, animal feed, or drinking water. When an existing exposure situation is identified, the regulation states that a responsible entity will propose a strategy to select appropriate measures to protect people and the environment.

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FANR-REG-21

Decommissioning of Facilities

This regulation establishes the safety requirements for all aspects of planned facility decommissioning from the siting and design of a facility to the termination of the licence. This regulation applies to holders of a construction, operating or decommissioning licence issued by FANR for a facility or nuclear facility.

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FANR-REG-23

Security of Radioactive Sources

The FANR-REG-23 (V.1) was published in the Official Gazette No. 698 (issued on 15 March 2021) and entered into force on 15 April 2021.
This regulation applies to the use, handling, storage and transport of Category 1, Category 2, Category 3 Sources and their aggregation as categorized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It specifies a set of physical, procedural, and administrative security requirements designed to decrease the likelihood of unauthorized access to (or acquisition of) such sources by persons with malicious intent. This regulation establishes the security requirements (including detection, delay and response measures) to be implemented by a Licensee and an applicant for a Licence with the objective to protect the Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 Sources from a Security Breach.

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FANR-REG-24

Basic Safety Standards for Facilities and Activities Involving Ionising Radiation Other Than in Nuclear Facilities

This regulation defines requirements that all licensees must comply with and follow in relation to the conduct of any regulated activity (other than in a nuclear facility). These requirements are as follows:

  • Possession, use, manufacture or handling of any regulated material in the State
  • Storage of any regulated material within the State
  • Disposal of any regulated material within the State

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FANR-REG-26

Pre-disposal Management of Radioactive Waste

This regulation addresses pre-disposal management of radioactive waste arising from regulated activity with regulated material other than in nuclear facilities subsequent to the receipt of nuclear fuel and during operation, the requirements for which are established in FANR-REG-11.

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FANR-REG-27

Disposal of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste

This regulation establishes the safety requirements for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste during the Siting, Design, Construction, Operation, Closure and the post-Closure control period, and the Institutional Control of a Radioactive Waste Repository.

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FANR-REG-29

Regulation on the Registration and Licensing of Radiation Sources

"The FANR-REG-29 been published in the Official Gazette No. 698 issued on 15 March 2021. It entered into force on 15 April 2021.
This regulation applies to the planning, conduct, modification and termination of Regulated Activities in Facilities using Radiation Sources. The regulation aims to establish the licensing requirements to be applied following a graded approach to the above-mentioned Regulated Activities including the Exemption criteria and the corresponding requirements applicable to Radiation Sources exempted from all or part of Regulatory Control."

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