The functions of this Directorate are registration,
licensing, inspection and enforcement of regulations at nuclear
and radiation facilities in the region which comprise of the Federal
capital area, part of Punjab province, part of NWFP, part of tribal
area and AJK. Based on the unified PNRA inspection and enforcement
policy, RNSD-I has been following the integrated registration/licensing
procedures and subsequent inspection/enforcement plans, depending
on the type of installations in its area of jurisdiction.
The domain of RNSD-I work ranges from registration and licensing
of nuclear research reactors operating in Pakistan, commercial sterilization
and medical irradiators, industrial radiography, nuclear gauges,
radiotherapy centers, nuclear medical centers, nuclear research
laboratories, X-ray machines (fixed, mobile, dental, fluoroscopy,
CT scan, angiography, X-ray radiography, X-ray diffractometers,
simulators, etc.) to the issuance of NOC for the import and export
of radioactive material/equipment and radiation free certificates
for the export of the food, mineral or any other item.
The registration and licensing of nuclear research
reactors, commercial irradiators and radioisotope production plants
have longer procedures in order to be sure for the safe operation,
for whole of their design life of the facility and are carried out
in the following three stages.
Registration of site, after acceptance of Site Evaluation report
(SER) along with an application by owner/user/ operator.
Issuance of Construction Llicence, after acceptance of Preliminary
Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) along with an application by
owner/ user/ operator.
c. Issuance of Operation
Licence, after acceptance of Final safety Analysis report (FSAR)
along with an application by owner/ user/
The procedure for registration/licensing of other
facilities is more simpler to follow by every category of the applicants.
At the very initial stage, person/individual who is the owner/user/operator
of the radiation sources/radiation apparatus is required to notify
about the administrative and technical information including personal
data, qualification, location of premises, safety measurements,
qualification and experience of radiation safety officer, personnel
monitoring devices etc.
The applicant, can then submit its formal application
on prescribed form along with the required documents such as drawing/design/plan/map
of the premises, calculations of the shielding material thickness/design
of the radiation area, safety measurements in transportation, safety
and security arrangements of the sealed radiation sources and other
documents appropriate for a specific applicant. Premises are registered
only after strict scrutiny of the applications.
After the registration and prior to issuance of
a licence, a regulatory inspection is scheduled. The designated
nuclear safety inspectors, with high level of technical skills,
carry out inspections. The inspections are conducted in a professional
but cordial manner. At this stage, management has to provide all
the information required to fill-up the appropriate checklists and
access to radiation areas and equipments. Interviews with the radiation
workers are conducted, in order to assess the safety awareness in
the organization. An exit briefing is arranged at the end of inspection,
with senior management, to discuss the observation and conclusion
of the inspection.
A post inspection report (PIR) is prepared by the
inspectors keeping all the observations/findings and check lists
of the inspection in view. The inspection reports mention all the
short comings, suggestions recommendations, appreciations of the
facilities to the licensee. The applicant is required to take corrective
actions and subsequently, has to submit a compliance report.
After receipt of a satisfactory compliance report, a licence valid
for one calendar year is issued to the applicant. In addition to
issuance of lisence, a no objection certificate (NOC) can be issued
to a licensee, intending to import/export of the radioactive materials/equipments.
A radiation free certificate is issued for export of various items
mainly edible items.