Participating Agencies

Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority
Ghana Nuclear Regulatory Authority
Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency of Indonesia
Jordan Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission
Kenya Radiation Protection Board
South Africa National Nuclear Regulator
Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control
Poland National Atomic Energy Agency
Thailand Office of Atoms for Peace
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety
Malaysia Atomic Energy Licensing Board
Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority
Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy
Uruguay National Regulatory Authority in Radiation Protection
Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission
Estonia Ministry of Climate
Singapore National Environment Agency
Latvia Radiation Safety Center of the State Environmental Service
Serbia Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Security Directorate

Collaborating Agencies

International Atomic Energy Agency
U.S. Department of State


Egyptian Atomic Energy Commission
Angola Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority
Burkina Faso National Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority
Botswana Radiation Protection Inspectorate
Cameroon National Agency of Radiation Protection
Chadian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
Ivory Coast Ministry of Mines and Energy
DRC National Committee for the Protection Against Ionizing Radiation
Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority
Gabon National Center of Prevention and Protection Against Ionizing Radiation
National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology
Malian Radio Protection Agency
Malawi Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
Mauritania National Authority of Radiation, Safety and Nuclear Security
Mauritius Radiation Protection Authority
Mozambique National Atomic Energy Agency
Atomic Energy Board of Namibia
National Radiation Protection Center
Senegal Authority for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety
Sierra Leone Radiation Protection Board
Seychelles Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authority
Sudanese Nuclear & Radiological Regulatory Authority
Tunisia National Center for Radiation Protection
Uganda Radiation Protection Authority
Zambia Radiation Protection Board
Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe


Egyptian Atomic Energy Commission
Mauritania National Authority of Radiation, Safety and Nuclear Security
Sudanese Nuclear & Radiological Regulatory Authority
Tunisia National Center for Radiation Protection
Algeria Atomic Energy Commission
Bahrain Environmental Control Directorate
Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority
Kuwait Radiation Protection Department
Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission
Lybia Atomic Energy Establishment
Oman Peaceful Nuclear Technology Office Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Palestine Radiation Protection & Detection Directorate
Qatar Radiation & Chemical Protection Department Ministry of Environment
UAE Operations Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation
Yemen National Atomic Energy Commission
Syria Atomic Energy Commission of Syria
Somalia Ministry of Mineral and Water Resources
Comoros Ministry of Production, Environment, Energy, Industry and Crafts

US NRC Office of International Programs:

The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides overall policy and planning direction for the IRDP. They have been given responsibility by the U.S. Congress and the US NRC to create partnerships on a bilateral basis with selected countries having a near-term need for nuclear regulatory infrastructure.

Their first responsibility is to select the countries to work with. Many countries have shown an interest in participating in the project, but only a few are at a point where the program activities can make a substantive difference in their national programs. OIP also sets priorities for the program. It is possible to conceive of a program with many different facets under development simultaneously, but an effective and efficient program must focus on those activities that can have an impact on the early development of the participating countries’ programs. Lastly, OIP coordinates the program with its many stakeholders. These include the Commission, Congress, and the many federal agencies with an interest in nuclear power development overseas. It also includes international organizations such as the NEA and IAEA, and regional nuclear development groups throughout the world. Finally it involves close coordination with the highest level of decision-makers in the participating countries.

Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM):

Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM) is the prime technical contributor to the program. AdSTM has assembled a team of highly experienced former NRC executives and staff—professionals with hands-on experience in the development and implementation of reactor regulatory organizations and programs.

AdSTM developed training programs for agency staff in developing countries relating to the basic concepts of nuclear safety regulation, the development of agency infrastructure and the details of regulatory program implementation. AdSTM staff members deliver these training courses at locations convenient to the staff of participating countries. It is mostly through this direct contact that the vast experience base of the AdSTM staff is most effectively imparted to the participating countries.

Participating Regulatory Agencies:

The participating countries have the most difficult role of all. They often enter the program with insufficient staffing, no fundamental regulatory nuclear power structures, and little experience with nuclear reactors. Given these barriers, it is remarkable what these agencies can accomplish in a few short years. The agency leadership must first develop an action plan, based in part on the generic action plan developed by AdSTM. They must define an agency structure and specify their staffing needs. This step helps the agency to communicate their needs within the National Government and justify their budget requests to the National Assembly. They must define their training and qualification requirements, and enlist the aid of the international community to provide on-the-job experience for their new staff. It requires making staff available to participate in training provided by AdSTM and other international contributors.

The participating agencies are often under pressure to provide information in support of the national decision on nuclear power. This involves a major push to define the regulatory requirements for siting and licensing of the first reactors. It also requires an early need to conduct a preliminary review of proposed sites.