The mission of the AERB is to ensure the use of ionising radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to the health of people and the environment.

Awareness programmes

AERB organizes public awareness programmes at various sites in the country and also participates in such programmes organized by DAE and other bodies to disseminate information on AERB’s role, regulatory processes & functions and safety requirements to ensure that sources of ionizing radiations are handled, used and transported safely without causing harm to people and environment. The regional radiological centers instituted in various zones of our country are also being used as locations for organizing such programmes. The objective of such programmes is to improve the public perception of safe use of atomic energy and radiation for peaceful and beneficial purpose and provide right information to public to eliminate fear created by myths on radiation. Recently more impetus is placed on such programmes and a decision has been taken to make knowledgebase available on AERB’s website for visitors seeking information on how safety in use of atomic energy and radiation is ensured and reduction of its effect on human being and the environment is achieved. In this line a lot of information has been placed in this website in the form of FAQs. Also advertisements have been developed for print media and electronic media to create awareness on use of AERB approved X-ray facility.

Awareness Programmes by AERB

AERB arranged special meet for Calibration and Testing Radiological Laboratories on March 26, 2019 at Niyamak Bhavan, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai

Recently, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) have jointly reached an agreement towards streamlining the accreditation process of radiological measuring and testing laboratories for calibration and testing purposes. Hence, in line with its mandate, AERB would continue to regulate these laboratories from the radiological safety view point in accordance with the Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules, 2004. Like-wise, NABL shall provide laboratory accreditation services for testing and calibration radiological laboratories by maintaining quality management system in testing and calibration activities. In order to apprise the concern stakeholders, AERB arranged special meet for calibration and testing radiological Laboratories on March 26, 2019 at its headquarter in Mumbai. The programme was attended by about 65 delegates from various private calibration and testing laboratories, experts from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT) & Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT).  

Dr. A. U. Sonawane, Head, DRA&C, AERB welcomed the delegates while Shri D. K. Shukla, Executive Director, AERB inaugurated the meet.


Shri D. K. Shukla, Executive Director AERB giving the inaugural speech

Dr. Avijit Das, Director NABL delivered special remarks on the occasion and following three lectures were delivered during the meet:

Sr. No.

Topic

1.        

Role of AERB in Accreditation Process of Radiological Laboratories

2.        

NABL Specific Criteria for Accreditation of Calibration and Testing Radiological Laboratories

3.        

Technical Requirement for Calibration and Testing Radiological Laboratories– BARC perspective


Dr. Avijit Das, Director NABL giving special remarks on the occasion

Panel discussion was followed after the lectures. The panel discussion was chaired by Shri D. K. Shukla, Executive Director, AERB and members of the panel were Dr. Avijit Das, Director, NABL; Dr. A. U. Sonawane, Head, DRA&C, AERB; Dr. M.S. Kulkarni, Head, HPD, BARC and Dr. P.K. Dash Sharma, Head, RSD, AERB.  The panel discussed three factors, namely technical, radiological safety and quality policy which are required to establish calibration & testing radiological laboratory. BARC has been providing technical support and radiological safety has been addressed in AERB’s licensing programme for such laboratories. However, laboratory also need to establish quality policy to exhibit the competency of the laboratory by ensuring confidence in their results for testing and measurements in harmony with NABL/international requirements. Participants from calibration & radiological laboratories initiated technical discussion and clarified important issues from the experts.

Participants expressed that the meet was informative, beneficial and appreciated AERB-NABL coordination. 

Dr. A. U. Sonawane, Head, DRA&C, AERB; Dr. M.S. Kulkarni, Head, HPD, BARC;  Shri D. K. Shukla, Executive Director, AERB; Dr. Avijit Das, Director, NABL and Dr. P.K. Dash Sharma, Head, RSD, AERB during the panel discussion.

Participants of the meet

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