Managing entities of radiation sources

Section 13 of the Radiation Safety Act 2016 (the Act) requires all persons (managing entities) who manage, control, possess or manufacture radiation sources to obtain a source licence unless the Act or regulations provide otherwise.

Changes in the Radiation Safety Act 2016

Managing entities are required to hold a source licence

The Radiation Safety Act 2016, which repealed the old Radiation Protection Act 1965 (the old Act) came in force in March 2016. The main change introduced by the 2016 Act is the ability to impose the prime responsibility on these managing entities. The old Act only allowed for the regulation of individual users of radiation sources. To put this change into perspective, the responsibility that was imposed on Principle licenses under the old Act now lies with organisations that manages and control radiation sources. Managing entities must hold a source licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 (Section 13) to protect people and protect the environment from the harmful effects of ionising radiation.

Read more about applying for source licences and licence fees.

Use licenses (the only type of licence issued under the old Act) are retained for those whose roles involve actual ‘use’ of sources. Certain groups of health professionals are exempt from holding a use licence by Schedule 3 of the Radiation Safety Regulations 2016.

Read more about licensing requirements for radiation users.

Codes of Practice issued under the Radiation Safety Act 2016

The shift of the prime responsibility for radiation safety to managing entities in the new regime leads to an essential difference between the old and the new codes. The new codes set out operational requirements for them to satisfy the fundamental requirements (section 9 to 12) set out in the new Act. Also, the new codes have incorporated new recommendations made by the International Atomic Energy Agency for each practice involving the use of ionising radiation.

Read more about the codes of practice issued under the new Act.

In this section

  • To manage, control, possess or manufacture radiation sources you require a source licence. Read about licensing requirements and fees, and situations where source licences are not required. Read more
  • Codes of practice issued by the Director for Radiation Safety under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 (section 86) provide operational requirements to comply with the fundamental requirements (section 9 to 12) in the Radiation Safety Act 2016. Read more
  • Section 31 of the Radiation Safety Act 2016 requires that all controlled radiation sources must be registered with the Director before they can be dealt with.  Read more
  • Information on implementing security measures to prevent and respond to attempts to acquire radioactive sources for malevolent purposes. Read more
  • Information on the requirements around storage and disposal of irradiating apparatus such as x-ray equipment. Read more
  • This page provides a selection of trefoils and radiation warning signs in common international use. Read more
  • It is very important to report radiation incidents to the Office of Radiation Safety. In some cases this is a mandatory regulatory requirement. In others it is part of a ‘lessons learned’ campaign to help improve radiation safety Read more
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