The Government has approved the draft Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Use of Nuclear Energy and Radiation Safety".
The project was developed by the State Nuclear and Radiation Safety Regulatory Authority - the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine - in order to bring some provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On the Use of Nuclear Energy and Radiation Safety" in line with EU law, in accordance with Ukraine's obligations under the Association Agreement between Ukraine, of the one part, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the other part, the provisions of the law and taking into account the application of the Law.
The draft law introduces new terms "spent nuclear fuel" and "radioactive substance" in accordance with EU law, in particular, Council Directive 2013/59 /Euratom.
The Law is also amended in terms of involving only contractors and subcontractors who are provided with the necessary human resources with the necessary level of qualification to perform work that affects the safety of the use of nuclear energy.
The powers of the body of state regulation of nuclear and radiation safety have been supplemented with the functions of organizing a regular assessment of the regulatory framework in the field of nuclear energy use and assessment of its activities.
The draft law provides for international peer reviews, which is in line with Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom and is the practice of the regulatory bodies of IAEA member countries.