Improving Nuclear Regulation

NEA Regulatory Guidance Booklets, Volumes 1-14

A common theme throughout the series of NEA regulatory guidance reports, or "green booklets", is the premise that the fundamental objective of all nuclear safety regulatory bodies is to ensure that nuclear facilities are continuously maintained and operated in an acceptably safe manner. In meeting this objective the regulator must bear in mind that it is the operator that has responsibility for safely operating the nuclear facility; the role of the regulator is to assess and to provide assurance regarding the operator's activities in terms of assuming that responsibility. The reports address various challenges that could apply throughout the lifetime of a nuclear facility, including design, siting, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and decommissioning. The compilation is intended to serve as a knowledge management tool both for current regulators and the new nuclear professionals and organisations entering the regulatory field.

Table of contents

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Executive Summary

Regulatory Challenges

  1. The Role of the Nuclear Regulator in Promoting and Evaluating Safety Culture (1999)
  2. Regulatory Response Strategies for Safety Culture Problems (2000)
  3. Nuclear Regulatory Challenges Related to Human Performance (2004)
  4. Regulatory Challenges in Using Nuclear Operating Experience (2006)
  5. Nuclear Regulatory Review of Licensee Self-assessment (LSA) (2003)
  6. Nuclear Regulatory Challenges Arising from Competition in Electricity Markets (2001)
  7. The Nuclear Regulatory Challenge of Judging Safety Backfits (2002)
  8. The Regulatory Challenges of Decommissioning Nuclear Reactors (2003)
  9. The Nuclear Regulator's Role in Assessing Licensee Oversight of Vendor and Other Contracted Services (2011)

Regulatory Effectiveness

  1. Improving Nuclear Regulatory Effectiveness (2001)
  2. Direct Indicators of Nuclear Regulatory Efficiency and Effectiveness (2004)
  3. Improving versus Maintaining Nuclear Safety (2002)

Regulatory Assessment

  1. Nuclear Regulatory Decision Making (2005)
  2. The Regulatory Goal of Assuring Nuclear Safety (2008)


  1. Original Publication Order of Booklets
  2. References and Readings
  3. Nuclear Regulatory Review of Licensee Self-assessment (2001)

Last reviewed: 28 March 2012