HSE Nuclear Regulation Unit Becoming Independent

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has been established as a Public Corporation under the Energy Act 2013.

The Health and Safety Executive's Office for Nuclear Regulation has been established as a Public Corporation under the Energy Act 2013, with agency officials describing this step as a significant milestone in its journey to become a modern, responsive, independent regulator. And the office has published a new Enforcement Policy Statement and its annual plan with goals for the year ahead.

"I am delighted that we have completed this transformation. It will make us stronger and ready to face a future where the nuclear industry is a key part of the UK's energy mix. ONR is a first-class regulator, and we recognize the scale and task ahead of us," said John Jenkiins, ONR's CEO. "Our change in status will provide us with the financial and operational flexibility we need to react quickly to changes in the nuclear industry and attract and retain a nuclear-skilled workforce."

ONR will retain the independent powers necessary to regulate the nuclear industry, but there will be a more consistent and predictable approach to regulation, and an expectation of continued commitment from industry to strong and visible regulation. The establishment of ONR as a Public Corporation provides the regulator with a stronger identity, which will help to increase public awareness of its role and responsibilities.

"Our role as a regulator is critically important in ensuring that when it comes to issues of nuclear safety and security, we hold the industry to account. We are committed to publicly demonstrating how the decisions that we make are based on sound evidence and subject to proper scrutiny, which will ensure that we maintain confidence in the way that the industry is run," said Andy Hall, the office's chief nuclear inspector.

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