ARPANSA’s commitment to best practice regulation is established in the Regulatory Activities Policy which describes the over-arching framework and underpinning principles for its implementation.  

To enhance this commitment ARPANSA maintains high level engagement with international standard-setting bodies. We maintain cooperative arrangements with selected organisations that produce publications which reflect international best practice in the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.  For more information see International best practice.

To monitor the commitment to best practice regulation, ARPANSA undertakes regular self-assessments of its performance. For more information on our self-assessments see Regulator Performance.

ARPANSA is committed to quality management. Regulatory processes are managed within the ARPANSA Quality System (AMS) by the Regulatory Services Branch. This provides assurance to stakeholders that regulatory processes are open and accountable, and services are provided in an effective and efficient manner and subject to continuous improvement. 

The AMS meets the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015 and ARPANSA’s inspection policy, program and procedures are consistent with ISO/IEC 17020 Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection (2012).  The latter international standard aims to ensure the competence of inspection bodies and the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities.    

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