Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Explaining the principles of enabling regulation

13 March, 2018

A new guide aimed at showing how the regulator can work with duty holders to improve safety and security activity in the nuclear industry has been published by ONR.

The document – ‘Holding to Account and Influencing Improvements – Enabling Regulation In Practice’ – includes a number of real-life examples where an enabling approach by the regulator has led to improved safety and security outcomes.

Enabling Regulation is not new to ONR and the principles have been in practice for many years. In short, it means that the regulator will take a constructive approach with industry ‘dutyholders’ and other relevant stakeholders to enable effective delivery against clear and prioritised safety and security outcomes.

The new guide features a number of case studies which place enabling regulation in the context of the legal and practical obligations on ONR and industry dutyholders. Enabling practices do not prevent or curtail ONR from continuing to hold the industry to account on behalf of the public.

Representatives from local site stakeholder groups and NGOs recently joined ONR’s Chief Nuclear Inspector, Mark Foy and DCI for new reactors division, Mike Finnerty in an online discussion to raise awareness of the purpose of the guide and answer any questions.