Office for Nuclear Regulation

Chief Nuclear Inspector's Independent Advisory Panel


In 2016, ONR established the Chief Nuclear Inspector's (CNI) Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) to provide independent advice to ONR on nuclear related matters.

Our work as an independent regulator of the UK's nuclear industry is wide-ranging and technically complex and the views of the panel enhance our role as an effective regulator of the nuclear industry.

As part of our 2020-2025 Strategy we're committed to engaging with nuclear subject matter experts, including the CNI's IAP, to ensure that we have access to relevant information and opinions to inform our regulatory strategies and approaches.

Terms of reference

The establishment of an independent advisory panel (IAP) was a commitment made to the IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission and the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

The IAP's role is to 'ensure that ONR has access to independent external advice on a diverse range of nuclear matters'. 

Organisation and structure of CNI's IAP

The panel is chaired by the CNI and the independent members are selected by ONR and are experts in their relevant fields.

An IAP secretariat will ensure that panel members are informed about meeting dates and are provided with relevant documents in good time. 

Governance arrangements

The panel meets twice a year, bringing together experts from across the nuclear industry, academic community, NGOs, government departments and other regulators who contribute to informed debate and provide advice on relevant topics.

Members are individuals with recognised expertise and interests, and are expected to represent views from across the nuclear sector and not just their employer or organisation. Members must be independent of ONR and provide their views and expertise on a voluntary basis; ONR considers the advice and views of the panel in an objective manner.

Membership is typically for a three year period, after which continuity of the IAP will be managed with the replacement of panel members in staggered intervals.

Their discussions range from regulatory strategies and policy to implications of developments in new nuclear technologies and the regulation of innovation.

Members of the IAP will, to demonstrate good practice, follow the principles of providing scientific advice to Government.