Support of the IAEA to the UAE Nuclear Energy Programme through Peer Review Missions and Official Visits



The UAE nuclear energy programme receives review missions from the IAEA in order to obtain valuable feedback based on the highest expertise. The IAEA Peer Review Missions are conducted in Member States to evaluate the progress made in regards to their national nuclear programmes. In preparation for the Peer Review Missions, the Permanent Mission acts as Liaison between the IAEA and national stakeholders, thereby facilitating the peer review process.


Since 2011, the UAE has received 7 peer reviews out of 15 total planned missions.




"The INIR Mission was conducted in a cooperative and open atmosphere, with the participation of various organizations in the UAE that are involved in the introduction of nuclear power.” 


~ IAEA INIR mission team.


Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission


In January 2011, the UAE hosted an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission, which reviewed the country’s progress in developing an appropriate national infrastructure for nuclear power. The INIR mission concluded that the UAE understands the long-term commitments and responsibilities of nuclear power and is implementing its programme in line with the IAEA “Milestones” approach. The final INIR Mission Report has been published and made public by the IAEA. >> More

Integrated Regulatory Review Services (IRRS) mission


From 5 to 14 December 2011, the UAE government requested the IAEA to review the country’s regulatory framework for nuclear safety, as implemented by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). An international team of senior safety experts conducted an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission to the UAE’s nuclear regulator to review its safety framework. The IRRS mission was hosted by FANR at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, and included a visit to the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant construction site. The IRRS concluded that the UAE has established an advance regulatory framework, identified good practices, and made recommendations for the nation’s nuclear regulatory authority, FANR. The final IRRS Mission Report has been made public by the IAEA.  >> More

IAEA SSAC Advisory Service (ISSAS) mission


From 12 to15 May 2014, at the request of the UAE government, an international team of IAEA senior officials reviewed the UAE State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSAC), hosted by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in Abu Dhabi. The IAEA’s SSAC Advisory Service, under an overarching ISSAS mission, evaluated nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards measures implemented by the UAE government to fulfil its commitment to complete operational transparency.

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Preparatory Mission for the Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service      

(Pre-ORPAS) mission


From 31 August to 4 September 2014, the UAE hosted an IAEA Expert Mission to review the national occupational radiation protection infrastructure. The mission discussed national needs for the scope of a full ORPAS mission to be held in the near future with the UAE regulatory body, service providers, medical facilities, and other stakeholders of the national nuclear energy programme. During the expert mission, the IAEA team determined the feasibility, scope and terms of reference for the potential full ORPAS mission. The ORPAS peer review was recommended by the Agency to the UAE government as a result of the Integrated Regulatory Review Services (IRRS) mission held in 2011. >> More

International Regulatory Review Services (IRRS) Follow-Up mission  


From 31 January to 8 February 2015, the UAE nuclear regulatory authority hosted a follow-up mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to review the regulatory framework for nuclear safety and radiation protection in the country. The ten-day follow-up IRRS mission reviewed the progress that the UAE has made in building-up its nuclear safety infrastructure after implementing the recommendations and suggestions proposed during the 2011 IRRS mission. The final IRRS Follow-Up Mission Report has been made public by the IAEA.

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"The team was impressed by the speed with which the UAE developed its regulatory framework and established a new regulatory body." 


~ IRRS Team Leader Carl-Magnus Larsson

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Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) Service mission


From 20 to 31 March 2015, the UAE hosted a team of IAEA experts to conduct  an Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) mission. The EPREV examined the country’s progress in preparing the necessary response measures to be applied in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, which is now under construction in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region. After the 11-day review, the team of international safety experts concluded that the UAE is establishing effective nuclear emergency management arrangements that build upon the nation’s existing emergency response system. The final EPREV Mission Report has been made public by the IAEA. >> More

IAEA Director General Visits UAE Nuclear Power Plant Site at Barakah

International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission  


From 30 October to 10 November 2016, the UAE hosted a team of IAEA experts to conduct  an International Physical Protection Advisory (IPPAS) mission. The IPPAS mission reviewed the legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear security in the UAE. It looked at the physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities and the security of radioactive material. After the 10-day review, the team of international experts concluded that the UAE has undertaken good practices in security aspects which set it as a model for other countries embarking on a nuclear power programme.  

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