Some of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s regulations (SSMFS) are available in English. The translations provided below are unofficial versions of the Authority’s regulations. In the event of any discrepancy between the Swedish and English versions, the Swedish original will take precedence. Many SSMFS regulations are undergoing substantial revision. Publication of additional translations on this page will resume after the revision work has been finalised.
|SSMFS 2008:37||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations Concerning the Protection of Human Health and the Environment in Connection with the Final Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel and Nuclear Waste|
|SSMFS 2008:32||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations concerning the Competence of Operations Personnel at Reactor Facilities|
|SSMFS 2008:26||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations on Radiation Protection of Individuals Exposed to Ionizing Radiation at Nuclear Facilities|
|SSMFS 2008:24||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations on Radiation Protection Managers at Nuclear Facilities|
|SSMFS 2008:23||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations on Protection of Human Health and the Environment in connection with Discharges of Radioactive Substances from certain Nuclear Facilities|
|SSMFS 2008:21||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s regulations concerning safety in connection with the disposal of nuclear material and nuclear waste|
|SSMFS 2008:17||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations concerning the Design and Construction of Nuclear Power Reactors|
|SSMFS 2008:1||The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s Regulations concerning Safety in Nuclear Facilities|
Review and revision of our regulations
On 1 June 2018, a new act on radiation protection, the appurtenant ordinance, plus new regulations entered into force. The new act, ordinance, and the new regulations issued by the Authority collectively implement the EU's radiation safety directive, Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013.
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority was founded in 2008 by merging its predecessors, the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (SKI) and the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI). In connection with the merger, the regulations issued by the predecessors were transferred to the Regulatory Code of the new government agency. The Code of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is designated 'SSMFS'. Beyond standard editing, no review or reworking of the regulations was carried out due to the merger.
National legislation is to implement EU Directives
In 2013 and 2014, the Council of the European Union issued a new radiation safety directive, Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, and the amended Nuclear Safety Directive (2014/87/Euratom). The provisions contained in the directives must be implemented in national legislation.
On 1 June 2018, the new Radiation Protection Act entered into force in Sweden, together with the new ordinance and new regulations. The new act and ordinance, and the new regulations issued by the Authority, collectively implement the EU's radiation safety directive: Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013.
As of 29 January 2019, certain activities are subject to a requirement to provide notification of such activity, as regulated by the provisions of SSMFS 2018:2. This regulation targets notifiable activities involving ionising radiation. Certain licensed activities involving radiation are still regulated as such.
More uniform and comprehensive regulations
In February 2012, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, carried out a mission called IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service). This review looked into how the safety regime in Sweden is managed, regulated and evaluated. As a consequence of the review mission to Sweden, the recommendation was made to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority on aspects such as developing a more uniform and more comprehensive set of regulations and their general advice, to be part of the Authority's Regulatory Code. Starting in 2013, the entire Regulatory Code (SSMFS) of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has been undergoing review and revision.
The objectives of this reworking are to develop a cohesive regulatory code that contains clearly formulated regulations that: a) give good predictability about the requirements applying to various aspects of nuclear safety and radiation protection at different phases of activities and operations; and b) which in turn contribute to continual safety improvements that appropriately support the Authority's supervisory work.
Lars Skånberg: Fundamental rules and regulations for nuclear safety and radiation protection relating to nuclear power reactors and other nuclear facilities.
Anders Frank: Radiation protection regulations in healthcare, medical and dental services, as well as radiation applications in industry.