Brief History of the Authority
The Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act, 2012 provides for the establishment of the
Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authority to exercise regulatory and supervisory
control for the beneficial and peaceful uses of radioactive substances and their applications,
including licensing, inspection and enforcement throughout Sierra Leone, to provide adequate
protection to the public, workers and the environment against the harmful effects of radiation.
The Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act, 2012 prescribes the mandate and
responsibilities of the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authority (Radiation Protection
Board) as a Regulatory Authority for the purpose of Radiation Protection, Nuclear Safety and
Security, Waste Safety as well as non-ionizing radiation.
To protect people, property and the environment against exposure to radiation that may lead
to cancer and other related diseases in Sierra Leone.
The mission of the Authority is to establish highest standard of protection compatible with
requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other International
Standards against people and the environment by eliminating or minimizing to the bearest
minimum, the adverse effects of radiation.
The objective for which the Authority is established is to regulate, control and supervise the uses,
acquisition, importation, exportation, transportation and disposal of radioactive substances and
devices emitting ionizing radiation.