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The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lanka is a Statutory Body functioning under the Ministry of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy and was established by the Atomic Energy Authority Act No.19 of 1969.

Radiation and Radioisotope Technology which has a wide range of applications in many areas can make a significant contribution to the development of medical, agricultural, industrial, energy and environmental sectors in Sri Lanka. The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) has the responsibility of facilitating the utilization of this technology in the above-mentioned sectors and ensuring that all uses of radiation and radioisotopes are carried out according to the internationally accepted safety standards.

We are the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka, the apex body …

  • On promotion of peaceful applications of nuclear technology contributing to socio-economic and environmental development in Sri Lanka.

  • Responsible for implementing regulatory programmes conforming to international standards on radiation safety and security to ensure protection of Sri Lankan community from unwarranted exposure to ionizing radiation.
  • Contributing to socio-economic and environmental development in Sri Lanka.

Isotope and Chemical Investigation of Groundwater in Dehiaththakandiya-Girandurukotte area; a CKDu Endemic Zone in Dry Zone

Chronic kidney disease has become a major public health problem in the North Central Province in Sri Lanka and it has been spreaded to Uwa, North-West and Central provinces. The new form of this disease is identified as chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu). In 2008, the World Health Organization together with the Ministry of Healthcare & Nutrition launched a National Research program for CKDu to resolve this public health issue. The other Government and non Government organizations and institutes are also carrying out research on the above issue and none of them has identified the exact cause for CKDu yet. But many research revealed that there is a connection between CKDu and the water used for domestic purposes. Most of the people in these areas use groundwater from shallow wells for dinking, cooking and other domestic purposes.


Orphan Source Search programmeat Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Makandura, Gonawila.


alt= height=An orphan source search programme was carried out in August 2014 at Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Makandura, Gonawila by the Division of Radiation Protection & Regulations, Atomic Energy Authority (AEA).
The objective of this program was to find out the orphan radioactive sources which were out of regulatory control. This site was selected due to the prior involvement of use of radioactive materials in 1980 s. The information of use of the material was found from the internet while scrutinizing the research paper published in late 1980 for postgraduate programmes.
One source was very old and nobody knew that the container contains a radioactive source. This source search helped to regaining control over two sources that were out of regulatory control.


District Awareness Programme on Disaster Management

altThe Disaster Management Center is taking measures to educate and aware Government and Non-Governmental senior officers of each district on natural and manmade disasters significant to each district. Jaffna district awareness programme was held in District Secretariat in Jaffna on 12th August 2014.


The AEA is to host Regional Training Course on Multivariate statistics and use of on-line toolbox: Application of Stable Isotope and Trace Element Analyses for Food Traceability Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 - 24 October 2014

The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made arrangements to conduct the above Regional Training Course (RTC)  which is organized under the scheduled activities of the project:IAEA/RAS/5/062 –Building Technological Capability for Food Traceability and Food Safety Control Systems through the Use of Nuclear Analytical Techniques.


The 2nd meeting of team members of RCA-UNDP Project on Electron Beam Applications for value addition to Food, Industrial Products and Degradation of Environmental Pollutants in the Asia-Pacific region.

altRadiation Processing Section of the Atomic Energy Authority organized the above meeting at the Atomic Energy Authority on 28th July 2014, to discuss achievements so far attained and future activities related to the above project. The main objective of the project is to disseminate knowledge on EB technology in different fields which assist to upgrade the quality of food and industrial products such as tyre, wire and cable and to minimize environmental impact by flue gas and effluent released from the factories.


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