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The Links below provide access to the full text of relevant legislation and to associated guidance


The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR):
These regulations are in force to limit the effects of ionising  radiation on radiation workers and members of the general public.  The regulations are overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

  • IRR 2017 requires the Employer to notify, register or obtain consent for the use of ionising radiations in the workplace. Details of the process and information on which practices require notification, registration and consent are given at http://www.hse.gov.uk/radiation/ionising/notification-process.htm. The Employer’s application for notification, registration and consent can be made by visiting  https://services.hse.gov.uk/bssd/. Previous notification under IRR 1999 cannot be carried forward. Please consult RPC for further details.”

  • The full text PDF version of the IRR regulations is available at the legislation.gov.uk website

  • The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) - Work with Ionising Radiation is an easier to read guide on implementing the IRR regulations.  The full text of the ACOP is available as a free download, or to buy from this page of the HSE website.

  • Dental Guidance Notes - Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-Ray Equipment, are to be found on the GOV.UK website

  • The HSE Ionising Radiation website is, in general very useful.  Free HSE information sheets are available by clicking the link.

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The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IRMER):
These regulations are aimed at ensuring that all persons undergoing medical exposures receive doses that are as low as reasonably achievable (ALARP).  They also exempt patients from the dose limits, imposed by IRR, for members of the public.  The regulations are overseen by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
 

  • The full text of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, is available at the legislation.gov.uk website.

  • IRMER Guidance Notes and good practice can be found on the Department of Health website.

  • Medical and Dental Guidance Notes (MDGN, ISBN Number 1 903613 09 4) is a good practice guide on all aspects of ionising radiation protection in the clinical environment and as such is relevant to  both IRR and IRMER.  The Medical and Dental Guidance Notes are available from the IPEM.


The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 No. 675 (EPR):
These regulations are in place to limit the

  • EPR came into force on the 6th April 2010 and replaces and repeals most of  the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA)

  • The text of EPR is available at the legislation.gov.uk website.

  • A guidance document on radioactive substances regulation aspects of EPR is available on the Defra website.  See  paragraph 2.4 of the document to see which parts of RSA are not currently repealed.

  • Core guidance on all aspects of EPR is available on the Defra website.


CQC - Registration under the Health and Social Care Act 2008


Carriage of Dangerous Goods - Carriage Regulations:


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