Latest update: 04/10/2017

Directive 2009/71/Euratom - nuclear safety

of 25 June 2009 establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations


The objectives of this Directive are:

  • to establish a Community framework in order to maintain and promote the continuous improvement of nuclear safety and its regulation;
  • to ensure that Member States shall provide for appropriate national arrangements for a high level of nuclear safety to protect workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiations from nuclear installations.

This Directive shall apply to any licensed civilian nuclear installation, and is without prejudice to Directive 96/29/Euratom. Member States may take more stringent legislative measures.


Definitions of terms "nuclear installation", "nuclear safety", "competent regulatory authority", "licence", "licence holder".


Member States shall establish and maintain a national legislative, regulatory and organisational framework and run a competent regulatory authority. This authority is supervising licensed installations.

Member States shall provide appropriate:

  • circumstances to have skilled and trained experts;
  • information to the public.

Read the full text of the consolidated version of the Directive (including later amendments)

Read the full text of the original Directive

National laws implementing this Directive

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