Directorate of Regulatory Affairs (RAD) was established
on March 20, 2004 with the following job responsibilities:
1. National Reports under International Conventions
2. National Reports to GoP and International Conventions
3. Coordination with GoP, Autonomous/Semi-autonomous Bodies, National
4. Self assessment of regulatory effectiveness
5. Development of realistic Performance Indicators and program for
6. Development of quality policy, quality management manual and
low level procedures
7. Follow-up of IRRT
National Reports under International Conventions
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
has been according the highest priority to safety. As part of its
policy on nuclear safety matters, Pakistan was an early signatory
to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS). Pakistan signed CNS on
20 September, 1994, ratified it on 30 September, 1997. Until now
55 Contracting Parties have ratified the Convention.
The Third National Report was submitted in 2004,
which updates the Second National Report. Pakistan has fulfilled
all its obligations under the Convention. Regulations and practices
are generally in compliance with the obligations of Pakistan under
Coordination with GoP, Autonomous/Semi-autonomous
Bodies, National Institutes, Organizations
One of the job assignments of the Directorate of
Regulatory Affairs (RAD) is to liaise and co-ordinate with governmental
and non-governmental bodies to improve its regulatory performance.
PNRA has a close working relationship with the respective ministries
and organizations so that they are aware of regulatory activities
and help PNRA in the enhancement of nuclear safety through out Pakistan.
In addition PNRA also stays abreast of the legislative and government
policies that may affect its regulation of nuclear activities and
Self assessment of regulatory effectiveness
One of the tasks assigned to Directorate of Regulatory
Affairs is the “Self Assessment of Regulatory Effectiveness”
for the enhancement of the regulatory performance which is documented
in the Annual Performance Review Reports.
Development of realistic Performance Indicators
and program for improving performance
PNRA endeavours to ensure that an acceptable level
of safety is maintained at all nuclear installations in the country.
PNRA verifies the performance of the licence holder through reviews,
assessments, and inspection during all phases of plant life.
Safety Performance Indicators are a useful tool for assessing the
safety of a Nuclear Power Pant. Realizing its usefulness Directorate
of Regulatory Affairs on behalf of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority
looks after this program in order to develop a process for assessing
licensee’s regulatory and safety performance. Performance
indicators together with regulatory inspections, provide data to
assess licensee performance in the safety significant areas.
Follow-up of IAEA International Regulatory
Review Team IRRT
The need for openness and transparency in regulating
nuclear installations/facilities is increasingly recognized worldwide,
which is necessary to build public and other stakeholder’s
confidence and trust in the regulatory process. In view of this
PNRA invited the IAEA International Regulatory Review Team (IRRT)
during 1-12 December 2003, to review PNRA’s regulatory performance
against international standards. The IRRT report No. IAEA-TCR-02028
is available on PNRA website.