Structure of the NNR
The NNR is directly accountable to parliament through the Minister of Energy on nuclear and radiation safety issues and operates independently of Government, to the extent that it is able to carry out its mandate without undue influence.
It functions independently from governmental departments or agencies and other organizations or bodies charged with the promotion of nuclear technologies or responsible for facilities or activities. The primary reason for this independence is to ensure that regulatory decisions can be made, and regulatory enforcement actions taken, without pressure from interests that may conflict with safety. The credibility of the NNR as a regulator is assured through its independence from the organizations it regulates and the promoters of nuclear technology. The NNR retains its independence as a safety authority and is protected from undue pressure. Safety is the key mission of the regulator personnel.
The NNR is responsible for managing its resources so as to fulfill its statutory obligations effectively. For this reason the organisation embarks on rigorous performance monitoring activities to ensure that there is adequate capacity and that its resource allocation is commensurate with the radiation risks associated with a specific facility or activity. This graded approach enables the NNR to evaluate if the organisation is adequately structured to discharge its responsibilities and perform its functions effectively. The Chief Executive Officer appoints staff as are necessary to perform the work arising from or connected to the NNR’s functions in terms of the Act.