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.

Chairman's Desk

Shri S. A. Bhardwaj

Shri S. A. Bhardwaj

The fundamental objective of AERB is to ensure that the use of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to the health of people and the environment.  To this end AERB defines the requirements to be met by users of ionizing radiations so as to ensure nuclear and radiation safety.  The regulatory processes of review, inspection and enforcement are implemented on a nuclear or radiation facility so that the regulatory requirements are adhered to.  This is done using a graded approach – high risk facilities are given corresponding level of attention.

Ensuring safety and following regulatory requirements is primarily the responsibility of the owners of the facilities.

If we look at the expanse of nuclear or radiation facilities in the country, what usually first comes to mind are the nuclear power plants and associated fuel cycle facilities. Yes, these are the prominent facilities in graded approach adopted for regulation. At the same time use of radiation and radioactive materials deployed in large number of societal applications are fast expanding. More and more members of society are getting involved in their use directly or indirectly.

We all know that radiation is playing important role in the medical field today.  Diagnostic applications of x-rays come from their use by dentist at one end to the computed tomography at the other. 

The sophisticated imaging techniques by use of x-ray radiation are also being  used to provide  support for on line live  image details for almost any organ of human body to facilitate the diagnosis and related medical management procedures. This technique called interventional radiology / fluoroscopy is increasingly being used these days. Radiation sources as in nuclear medicine are similarly playing a vital role.  The use of radiation and radiation sources in cancer therapy both in teletherapy and brachytherapy is well known.

The industrial uses of radiation such as in radiography, nucleonic gauges for various measurements/detection, smoke detectors, irradiation of food items for increasing their shelf life, and sterilization of medical products are increasing every day.  Innovative advancements in accelerators/cyclotrons technologies are finding more and more applications in industrial, medical and research fields.  Use of radiation in security applications for scanning baggage including large consignments at ports is yet another service.

In short, the expanses of man-made radiation are associated with our present day to day life in variety of ways. Our experience during interactions in many fora is that desire to understand certain aspects of radiation is growing with you. It is to meet your this expectation from AERB that the website is being upgraded to this new format. It generally retains all aspects of earlier website and adds information of interest to various sectors of our stake holders and users of radiation. Your valuable feedback will support further development of this website.


Address & Contact Numbers:


Atomic Energy Regulatory Board

Niyamak Bhavan Anushaktinagar,

Mumbai - 400 094.

Tel. : +91-22-2556 2343,

Fax : +91-22-2556 2344

E-Mail: chairman[at]aerb[dot]gov[dot]in

Shri S.A.Bhardwaj taking charge as Chairman, AERB ( L)  from
Shri S.S.Bajaj, former Chairman, AERB ( R) 
on September 1, 2015

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