The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) is the competent national authority in the area of radiation protection and nuclear safety in Norway. The NRPA was created in 1993 through the consolidation of the former Nuclear Energy Safety Authority with the National institute of Radiation Hygiene. The NRPA is responsible for:
- overseeing the use of radioactive substances and fissile material
- coordinating contingency plans against nuclear accidents and radioactive fallout
- monitoring natural and artificial radiation in the environment and at the workplace
- increasing our knowledge of the occurrence, risk and effects of radiation
The Radiation Protection Authority is organized under the ministry of Health and Care Services. It provides assistance to all ministries on matters dealing with radiation, radiation protection and nuclear safety.