Office for Nuclear Regulation

Compliance with the Regulators' Code

The Regulators’ Code came into effect in April 2014 and aims to provide a framework for how regulators should engage with those they regulate. In 2015 we published a review of our compliance with the Code, which offered an assessment of where we were meeting the requirements while also highlighting areas for improvement.

We have since carried out three further self-assessment exercises in 2018, 2020 and 2022 to assess progress against the actions from the previous reviews and provide updates on how well our activity currently aligns with the Code.

In the UK, we have a goal-setting framework for regulation of the nuclear sector which places accountability clearly on dutyholders to achieve the high standards of safety and security required. Reflecting on our experience of regulating in accordance with the Code we generally found in 2018, 2020 and 2022, as in 2015, that our regulatory framework allows us to regulate according to the high standards expected while also operating in accordance with the Code.

However, we are not complacent and following these self-assessment exercises we have identified further improvements that we can make to better align our activity with themes in the Code, while also supporting our broader desire to continuously improve.