Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council was established on the 1st of January 2015 under the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Act No. 40 of 2014 and functions under the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy. As per the provisions of the Act, the Regulatory Council has the responsibility for regulation of practices involving ionizing radiation &, ensuring the safety & security of radiation sources and taking action to ensure the obligations of Sri Lanka under the international conventions on nuclear safety, non proliferation and safeguards that are signed by Sri Lanka.The Regulatory Council came under the purview of Ministry of Science and Technology in the first quarter of 2015 and then the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy


The Regulatory Council is mainly responsible for licensing of all users of radiation and radioisotopes, conducting safety and security inspections, controlling import and export of radioactive materials, regulating the transport of radioactive materials, meeting national obligations of international treaties and conventions Sri Lanka has entered in to relating to nuclear technology, and training personnel on radiation protection and related subject areas.  Approximately 400 licences are issued annually and 200 safety and security inspections are  conducted.

Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister In charge of the subject of Atomic Energy


At present the Regulatory Council functions under the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and present Minister and State Minister in charge of the subject of Atomic Energy are Honourable Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Honourable Ajith P. Perera respectively.


Governing Body of the Regulatory Council


The Act has given powers to the Minister under section 14 of the Act to appoint Chairman and members to the Regulator Council. The Regulatory Council shall consist of five members including the Chairman as follows,


  1. Three persons who are experts in the field of nuclear science and technology or radiation protection
  2. One person who has experience in legal aspects connected with or relating to the objectives of the Council; and
  3. A senior officer not below the rank of an Additional Secretary or a Director of the Ministry of the Minister assigned the subject of Environment nominated by such Minister.

Present Chairman


The present Chairman is Dr. Saman Hewamana who assumed duties as the Chairman on 30th September, 2015. Dr. Hewamana graduated from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and successfully completed his MD before moving to the UK. He has successfully completed the membership exams of Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists and was subsequently awarded the fellowship for both colleges (FRCP and FRCPath). In addition, Dr. Hewamana also holds a PhD from UK and has published more than 30 papers in peer reviewed high impact factor journals. He trained in clinical and laboratory Haematology in London at Royal Free Hospital, Whips Cross Hospital and North Middlesex Hospital and in Cardiff at the University Hospital of Wales before moving to The Royal Marsden as a Consultant in the Haemato-Oncology Unit. Since his return to Sri Lanka he has been working at Lanka Hospitals in the field of clinical and laboratory haematology with special interest in haemato-oncology.

Director General of the Council


Mr. H.L.Anil Ranjith, was appointed as the first Director General of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council  on  3rd  November, 2015.


He has obtained his first degree in BSc (Physical Science) with an honour in 1985 from the University of Colombo and an MSc degree in Nuclear Science in 1996 from the University of Colombo.

Mr. Ranjith has joined the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka (AEA) (predecessor of the Regulatory Council) as a Scientific Officer on 1st of June, 1987 and had worked there until he was opted to become a staff member of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy regulatory Council On 1st January, 2015. He had been working at the AEA as the Director (Radiation Protection and Regulations) till he was opted to become a member of the Council.

Mr. Ranjith is a visiting lecturer for postgraduate institute of medicine of University of Colombo, postgraduate institute of science of University of Peradeniya 

Licensing and Import /Export control


Licensing of practices involving Ionizing radiation (all types of radiation facilities and radiation sources) and control of import and export are carried out under the Director (Authorization). Present Director (Authorization) is  Mr T.H.Sunil Shantha who has more than 23 years’ experience in licensing and import and export control of radiation sources. Licensing of Industrial Applications and Import and export control is carried out by Mr. Kapila De Silva, Deputy Director (Authorization-Industrial Applications, Import and Export) who has more than 18 years' experience in licensing and import and control activities and Licensing of Medical application is carried out by Mr. Sumith Kolombage, Deputy Director (Authorization-Medical Applications) who has more than 17 years’ experience in licensing of medical applications. 

Inspections and Enforcement


Inspection of facilities and radiation sources and enforcement of non-compliances are carried out under the Director (Inspection and Enforcement). This work is at present functioning directly under Director General as this post is vacant. Mr. K.K.P.I.K. Kadadunna, Deputy Director (Inspection-Industrial Application and Enforcement) who has more than 17 years' experience in inspection of Industrial facilities  is responsible for Inspection of facilities and radiation sources in Industrial applications and taking legal actions for non-compliance and Mr. K.N.R. Fernando, Deputy Director (Inspection-Medical Application) who has more than 17 years’ experience in inspection  of medical facilities is responsible for Inspection of  facilities and radiation sources in  Medical applications.