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1 IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency Overview of legal framework Regional Workshop - School for Drafting Regulations 3-14 November 2014 Abdelmadjid Cherf Senior Legal Officer Nuclear and Treaty Law Section Office of Legal Affairs

2 IAEA Nuclear Legal Framework 2 International component National component

3 IAEA National Legal Hierarchy Constitution Primary Legislation Laws, Acts, Statutes Secondary Legislation Regulations – Decrees, Orders Guidance Documents Drafted by constituent assembly/government and adopted through referendum Prepared by the Government or the Parliament and adopted by the Parliament Prepared by the government or expert bodies such as regulatory body Issued by regulatory body

4 IAEA National Policy for Safety Drafted by the Parliament or the Government, Should reflect the understanding of the Government of the need to give full consideration to safety when using nuclear technologies, Objective: Establish the appropriate safety infrastructure, Describes the national options as regards nuclear and radiation safety Reflects national priorities, Contains background information on the national circumstances, the existing and planned programmes, human and financial resources, Takes into account societal aspects, and also the international instruments to which the State is a party, Includes the Fundamental Safety Principles ( prime responsibility for safety, protection of people and the environment, present and future, prevention of accidents, establishment of an independent regulatory body, etc.) It shall be implemented according to a graded approach to ensure that the activities involving nuclear energy or ionizing radiation receive appropriate attention by the Government or by the regulatory body. Provides for the international cooperation.

5 IAEA National Strategy for Safety Sets out the mechanisms to implement the National Policy for Safety, Shall establish a comprehensive set of legal, technical and administrative arrangements to ensure that all facilities and activities are under control, Shall define the regulatory approach.

6 IAEA Legal Framework for Safety Laws/Acts/Statutes Form of the law: a unified comprehensive law or separate laws. Establish the general framework governing activities involving nuclear energy and ionizing radiations. Must be adapted to the nature and extent of the facilities and activities to be regulated. Establish the regulatory body with its functions and determine responsibilities. Regulations Provide details and explanations on how the law is implemented. Establish requirements with which all operators must comply. Such regulations shall provide a framework for more detailed conditions and requirements to be incorporated into individual authorizations. Should be closely linked to the law they are implementing and any other relevant laws ( environmental, health, labour, etc.). Should be adapted to the nature and extent of the facilities and activities to be regulated and commensurate to the magnitude and the nature of the risks in the country. Performance-oriented regulations vs. prescriptive regulations

7 IAEA Legislative Process Drafting Team (legal and technical experts). Clear understanding of relevant issues to be addressed in the law and regulations. Assessment of current and future nuclear applications programs and plans. Assessment of laws and regulatory arrangements. Initial draft. Stakeholder’s input. IAEA review of the draft. First review of initial draft. Further legislative consideration. Adoption and promulgation of final text.

8 IAEA Initial Legislative Drafting A important issue to address is the basic form of the law A “comprehensive” or “unified” form covers all aspects of nuclear energy in a State A “plural” form treats different subject matter areas in separate laws 8

9 IAEA 9 Elements of a nuclear law General Provisions Objective Scope Prohibitions Definitions

10 IAEA 10 Elements of a nuclear law The Regulatory Body Establishment of an independent regulatory body Functions of the regulatory body Human and financial resources Advisory bodies

11 IAEA 11 Elements of a nuclear law Main Regulatory activities Notification Authorisation Inspection Enforcement and appeals against regulatory decisions Penalties

12 IAEA 12 Elements of a nuclear law Specific Provisions Radiation protection principles Regulatory Control for Radiation Protection Primary Responsibility and Duties of the Authorized Person Occupational, medical and public exposures

13 IAEA 13 Elements of a nuclear law Specific Provisions Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources Export and Import of Radioactive Sources Recovery of Orphan Sources Mining and milling activities

14 IAEA 14 Elements of a nuclear law Specific Provisions Nuclear facilities Radioactive waste management Decommissioning of facilities Transport of radioactive material Emergency preparedness and response

15 IAEA 15 Elements of a nuclear law Specific Provisions Nuclear security, physical protection and illicit trafficking Safeguards and import export controls Nuclear liability

16 IAEA 16 Elements of a nuclear law Sanctions Transitory and final provisions

17 IAEA Input from Stakeholders Legislative development requires a clear perspective on how new or revised laws or regulatory arrangements could impact interested persons or institutions (called “stakeholders”) Typical stakeholders include: the regulated industry; government agencies; professionals using nuclear techniques or materials; academic and scientific bodies; press and media; the public Involving stakeholders early and at each stage of the legislative process can avoid problems and improve the final legislative result 17

18 IAEA General Structure of Regulations Title and preamble - Determined by the scope and objectives and should reflect the content of the regulations. - Date / Reference number - Regulations may begin with a recitation of the considerations that have motivated their issuance called “preamble” or “exposé des motifs”. The preamble should reflect the basic content of the regulations and may help in interpreting and implementing them. General provisions - Link with the law that authorizes the regulatory body or the government Minister to issue regulations in a particular field 18

19 IAEA General Provisions of regulations Objectives/Purpose of the regulations - Establish the requirements for the protection of people and the environment against the harmful effects of ionising radiations, - Establish the requirements to achieve and maintain a high level of safety and security of radiation sources.

20 IAEA General Structure of Regulations The scope of application Define to what field the regulations apply. It shall specify facilities, activities and materials that are covered by the scope of the regulations and what is excluded from the scope. Identify the persons/entities responsible for applying the regulations. Identify the persons /entities who must comply with the regulations. Exemptions/Clearance.

21 IAEA General Provisions of Safety Regulations Definitions Include definitions of the terms used in the regulations / Ensure consistency of the definitions with relevant laws and international instruments, including standards. Transitional and Final Provisions Validity of existing licences. Timeframe for the application of authorisations. Entry into force The date of entry into force shall be specified. Postponement in complying with specific articles may be granted in certain specific cases.

22 IAEA Thank you for your attention

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