UK Civil Nuclear Regulatory Bodies
Produced in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills
UK Civil Nuclear Regulatory Bodies

The following Energy practice note Produced in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • UK Civil Nuclear Regulatory Bodies
  • Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector
  • General Energy Regulation
  • Office of Gas and Electricity Markets
  • Environment Agency (England only)
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) (Scotland only)
  • Natural Resources Wales (Wales only)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Nuclear-Specific Regulation
  • Overview of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
  • More...

Responsibilities for regulation of the UK civil nuclear industry are shared between several regulatory bodies, reflecting the distinction between the common duties owed by any generator of electricity and the additional duties arising from the unique attributes of nuclear energy generation. Nuclear-specific regulation has been significantly consolidated in recent years by the creation of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), replacing several bodies which had previously been responsible for regulating various different aspects of the nuclear industry. In addition, there are other government bodies which, while lacking general regulatory or supervisory powers, exercise specific facilitating and decision making functions and thereby have a significant role in the UK civil nuclear industry.

Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector

This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. For further reading, see Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect the Great Britain’s (GB) membership of Euratom and the nuclear sector as a whole, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector, which details

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