Panel1: Regulator’s Current and Future Issues
Aayda Al Shehhi
Radiation Safety Department Director
Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.
Aayda Al Shehhi has over 12 years’ of experience in radiation protection. She started working in the field of radiation safety as a geophysicist in the Ministry of Electricity and Water and participated in establishing the licensing process in the country. She specialized in Individual Dosimetry field and start monitoring process for radiation workers under the umbrella of the Federal Environmental Agency. In addition she established the National sources register.
She joined FANR in March 2010 and specializes in the licensing, review and assessment, and inspection of radiation sources. She contributed to the regulation of radiation sources in the UAE and internationally through participation as Vice Chairperson of a Working Group for the 2012 Fourth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.
Moreover, she is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Radiation Safety Standards Committee. She has participated in the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission to Indonesia in 2015 as an IAEA expert. She has been managing the Radiation Safety Department which is working on ensuring high-standards of radiation protection for the use of ionizing radiation in medicine, industry and nuclear facilities through its regulatory oversight of the nuclear sector.
Mrs. Al Shehhi has key achievements amongst them are leading the licensing and inspection process for radiation sources in the UAE and establishing E-licensing system in FANR which transferred FANR processes to electronic format, which includes: licensing, inspection, National Dose register, National source Register, import and export of radiation sources and others.
She has successfully led the establishment of Orphan Sources Strategy in the UAE. In addition, she participated as an IAEA expert in IRRS mission and joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.