Establishment of the new Act

The new Act was published as a Supplement to Part II of the Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka of November 07th, 2014 and came into operation as per provision of the Act on 1st January ,2015

The new Act repealed the Atomic Energy Authority Act No. 19 of 1969, under which the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) was established and created two new institutions – The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board and The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (Regulatory Council) abolishing the Atomic Energy Authority.

The above Act has delegated the Regulatory Council the responsibility of ensuring safety of the public, patients, workers and the environment from potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation by establishing and maintaining a regulatory regime. 

The Act empowers the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board to carry out activities to promote and encourage the use of Nuclear Science and Technology for national development purposes.  It permits the beneficial and peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology in health, industry, environment and agriculture, for national development within Sri Lanka.

Objectives of the new Act.

  • To establish an independent Regulatory Authority
  • To include requirements for safety, security and safeguards in line with international best practices
  • Establish contact point for treaties, protocols and conventions signed by Sri Lanka on safety, security and safeguards
  • To create separate body for business, research, services and technical cooperation

Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Act No. 40 of 2014 Can be downloaded from here.