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Agency Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and working arrangements protocol

Agency Agreements

Agency Agreements are legal documents used to transfer statutory responsibilities between bodies. ONR can enter into Agency Agreements to take on functions from other bodies under section 90 of the Energy Act. They require Ministerial approval and are signed by the ONR Chair (since 1 April 2014). 

Organisation Detail of the agreement Effective from
Police Constabularies

Agreements with police constabularies across England, Scotland and Wales
Relates to specific functions which the Chief Officer of each respective force will be entitled to perform on behalf of, but not to the exclusion of ONR with regards to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009, in relation to the civil carriage of class 7 (radioactive) goods.

3 May 2017
Health and Safety Executive Agreement with HSE relating to an incident at a nuclear licensed site on 21 October 2013
A limited, case- specific Agency Agreement created under section 95 of the Energy Act 2013 and section 13(4) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 transferring enforcement functions from ONR to HSE, relating to a non-nuclear incident on the Devonport nuclear licensed site in October 2013.
14 February 2017
Health and Safety Executive Agreement to clarify the definition of authorised defence sites within the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998
Relates to the transfer of enforcement responsibility from HSE to ONR on authorised defence sites in accordance with the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998.
14 April 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Agreement with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Relates to the Import of Goods (Control) Order 1954 that ONR agrees to perform on behalf of the Secretary of State in accordance with section 90(1) of the Energy Act 2013.
1 April 2014
Department for Work and Pensions Agreement for Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 ("ELCI")
Relates to the administration and enforcement of the Employers' Liability Insurance Act in relation to GB nuclear sites, new nuclear build sites and authorised defence sites in accordance with section 90(1) of the Energy Act 2013.
1 April 2014
Department for Energy and Climate Change Agreement with Department for Energy and Climate Change
Relates to the duties of directing the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and obtaining independent advice on the effectiveness of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary that the ONR agrees to perform on behalf of the Secretary of State in accordance with section 90(1) of the Energy Act 2013.
1 April 2014
Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) (Northern Ireland) Agreement with Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Relates to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 that ONR agrees to perform on behalf of DAERA in accordance with section 13(4) of HSWA and section 28(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Note: whilst this Agency Agreement refers to HSE and DoENI, legal arrangements made on the creation of both bodies mean that the agreement should be interpreted as applying to ONR/DAERA in all cases where it states HSE/DoENI.
25 January 2012 - Reviewed June 2016
Secretary of State for Transport Agreement with Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Relates to the International Maritime Goods Code including the obligations related to the transport by sea of dangerous goods  that the Health and Safety Executive agrees to perform on behalf of the Secretary of State in accordance with the agreement under section 13(4) of HSWA.
Note- whilst this Agency Agreement refers to HSE, legal arrangements made on the creation of ONR means that it should be interpreted as applying to ONR in all cases where it states HSE.
26 October 2011
Civil Aviation Authority Agreement with Civil Aviation Authority
Relates to the technical instructions for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air that the Health and Safety Executive agrees to perform in accordance with the Authorisation under paragraph 15 of Schedule 1 to the Civil Aviation Act 1982 and agreement under section 13(4) of HSWA.
Note- whilst this Agency Agreement refers to HSE, legal arrangements made on the creation of ONR means that it should be interpreted as applying to ONR in all cases where it states HSE.
28 October 2011

Memorandum of Understanding / General Agreements

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), sometimes referred to as a General Agreement, is essentially an administrative  agreement between ONR and another / other party to ensure that the parties involved understand each other's responsibilities. It is not a legally binding document, but is used to govern relationships.

Organisation Detail of the agreement Effective from
Health and Safety Executive Memorandum of Understanding between ONR and HSE
Its purpose is to ensure effective cooperation and collaboration in the regulation of conventional (non-nuclear) health and safety, including policy matters and the enforcement of health and safety law, at GB nuclear licensed, new nuclear build and authorised defence sites, arising from the transfer of regulatory responsibility from HSE to ONR under the Energy Act 2013. This MoU complements the existing over-arching MoU between the two organisations ("Cooperation between HSE and ONR").
5 July 2016
Scottish Environment Protection Agency Memorandum of Understanding between ONR and SEPA
The purpose of this MoU is to ensure effective cooperation and collaboration between ONR and SEPA in the regulation of nuclear safety, security, radioactive materials transport, nuclear safeguards and environmental protection and improvement on nuclear licensed sites and at other sites where both ONR and SEPA have regulatory functions.
23 June 2016
Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland Arrangement for the exchange of information and co-operation with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
Arrangement for the exchange of information and co-operation in the area of regulation of safe nuclear energy use for peaceful purposes between the Office for Nuclear Regulation of Great Britain and the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland
23 March 2016
Office of Rail and Road Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR)
This MoU relates to the regulation of health and safety, including policy matters and the enforcement of health and safety law, on all of Britain's railways and sets out the interface between railways operated within nuclear sites and the rest of Britain's railway network.
21 December 2015
Environment Agency Memorandum of Understanding with the Environment Agency (EA)
Relates principally to the regulation of nuclear safety, security, transport and environmental protection on nuclear licensed sites and other sites where both ONR and the Environment Agency have regulatory functions.
18 August 2015
Ministry of Defence General Agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Outlines the relationship between MoD and ONR in discharging their respective roles and responsibilities for nuclear, radiological and conventional health and safety (H&S) in respect of the Defence Nuclear Programme.

A supplementary Letter of Understanding has been agreed between ONR and the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator to further clarify working level relationships.
28 January 2015


30April 2015
Natural Resources Wales MoU with Natural Resources Wales
Relates principally to the regulation of nuclear safety, security, transport and environmental protection on nuclear licensed sites and other sites where both ONR and NRW have regulatory functions
17 December 2014
Health and Safety Executive Cooperation between HSE and ONR
Under section 96 of the Energy Act 2013, ONR must cooperate with HSE. This agreement outlines the principles and key areas of cooperation.
1 April 2014
Work-related death (protocol) Work related deaths protocol
Emphasises the importance of working together to investigate thoroughly and to prosecute appropriately those responsible for work related deaths.

Two separate protocols are in place for England and Wales (owned by the National Liaison Committee) and Scotland (coordinated via the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal). Prior to April 2014 ONR was included as part of HSE, but became a signatory in its own right following transition to a Public Corporation. This is yet to be reflected in the latest version of the protocols (published in 2011 and 2006). 
1 April 2014

HSE agreements

There are some wider HSE agreements applicable to ONR on the HSE website.