Parliament passed the Radioactive Substances Act 1968. Due to rapid development of atomic energy activities in Malaysia which requires more effective control, inspection and enforcement, the Atomic Energy licensing Bill was drafted. This Bill was passed by Parliament in April 1984 as the Atomic Energy Licensing Act (Act 304).
In line with Section 3 of the (Act 304), the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) was established under the Prime Minister’s Department on 1 February 1985. The AELB acts as an enforcement body for the implementation of the Act. However on 27 October 1990 the Board was place under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
- To ensure radiation and nuclear technology does not affect national and societal well being by not significantly affecting the public, environment and workers negatively.
- To acquire, disseminate and generate knowledge to enhance radiation and nuclear safety, security and where appropriate safeguards.
- To create wealth by providing a conducive environment and international confidence through a credible and competent national regulatory framework to facilitate the introduction of modern industries and acquisition of sensitive state-of-art technologies to the nation.
Encouraging innovation culture to ensure the Safe and Peaceful Uses of Radiation and Nuclear Technology.
Remaining a relevant regulatory authority with credibility in radiation and nuclear safety, security and safeguarding its peaceful uses for national sustainable development.
The functions of AELB as stated in Act 304 are as follows :
- To advise the Minister and the government of Malaysia on matters relating to the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 and developments pertaining thereto with particular reference to the implications of such developments for Malaysia ;
- To exercise and supervision over the production, application and use of atomic energy and matters incidental thereto ;
- To establish, maintain and develop scientific and technical co-operation with such other bodies, institutions or organizations in relation to nuclear matters or atomic energy as the Board thinks fit for the purposes of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 ;
- Where so directed by the government of Malaysia, to perform or provide for the performance of the obligations arising from agreements, conventions or treaties relating to nuclear matters or atomic energy to which Malaysia is a party where such agreements, conventions or treaties relate to the purposes of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 ; and
- To do such other things arising out of or consequential to the functions of the Board under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 which are not inconsistent with the purposes of this Act, whether or not directed by the Minister.
"We are committed :
- To provide quality service in license application in order to fulfill the needs and requirements of the customers; and
- To comply with the needs of Quality System through continuous improvements within the provisions of Act 304."
To achieve the quality policy, AELB will :
- Process all license application within the period that is stated in the Client?s Charter;
- Conduct an inspection at the licensee premises at least ONCE which is within the validity of the license period;
- Provide feedback to the customer?s complaint within 3 working days;
- Plan and implement the training of AELB staff at least 7 days or twice course a year.