The CNSC's Regulatory Framework Plan
The CNSC has developed the Regulatory Framework Plan 2012-2018, which sets out the regulations and regulatory documents that the CNSC plans to develop or amend. The CNSC's regulatory framework consists of laws passed by Parliament that govern the regulation of Canada's nuclear industry, and regulations, licences and documents that the CNSC uses to regulate the industry.
The Plan lists existing and proposed documents according to:
The Plan outlines the regulations and regulatory documents that the CNSC will be developing or amending in the coming years. Aligned with the CNSC’s corporate priorities, the plan also considers current developments in the nuclear environment. It is reviewed four times a year and adjusted as necessary.
The Plan includes all activities, from policy analysis through to the publication of regulations and regulatory documents. Documents are reviewed at least every five years. After review, the CNSC decides if they are still appropriate, or need to be updated.
The 2012-2018 Plan focuses on:
- lessons learned from the Fukushima accident
- nuclear power plant site preparation and construction
- long-term operations management and aging management for nuclear power plants
- reliability and maintenance programs for nuclear power plants
- certification and training
- better defining the CNSC’s expectations for security and reporting
- licence application guides for Class II nuclear facilities
- safety culture for nuclear facilities
The Plan’s structure
The Plan and the CNSC’s regulatory documents are organized by regulated facilities and activities, safety and control areas, and other areas of regulatory interest. As documents are reviewed or developed according to the Plan, they will be assessed in the context of their broader section in the structure and opportunities to consolidate documents will be explored.
The Plan contains the following sections:
Reactor Site Preparation
Class IB Facilities (for example, nuclear fuel processing facilities and waste facilities)
Uranium Mines and Mills
Class II Facilities (for example, cancer therapy facilities and particle accelerators)
Certification of Prescribed Equipment
Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices
Certification of Packages
Human Performance Management
Fitness for Service
Conventional Health and Safety
Emergency Management and Fire Protection
Safeguards and Non-Proliferation
Packaging and Transport
Public & Aboriginal Engagement
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For more information
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council