Radiation Safety Fees and Regulations Review 2021

The Ministry of Health’s Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) administers the Radiation Safety Act 2016 and the Radiation Safety Regulations 2016. ORS is finalising a review of the Regulations, including setting new fees to be paid under the Regulations.

ORS’ review of the fees paid under the Radiation Safety Regulations 2016 (the Regulations) found that the current fees do not recover the costs of administering the Radiation Safety Act 2016. As a result, significantly higher new fees have been proposed. The review also identified a small number of amendments to improve the general safety provisions of the Regulations. 

Public consultation on the proposed new fees and other amendments to the Regulations was conducted in early 2022 and the documents used for the consultation are still available at Review of Radiation Safety Fees and Regulations. The consultation document provides a report on the fees review, including an outline of the costs of regulation.  An independent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand on the method for calculating the new fees is also provided. The consultation document also outlines the other proposed amendments to improve the safety provisions of the Regulations.

The Government is now considering the proposals alongside the in-scope submissions received as a result of the public consultation.

All going well, the amendments, including the new fees, will be put in place during the first half of 2023. 

Once the Government has made decisions about the proposals, the submissions received during the public consultation will be made publicly available subject to the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982. 

If you have specific queries about the proposed changes to the Regulations, you can contact us by email at RadiationSafetyFees&[email protected].

Resources 

The Radiation Safety Regulations 2016, including the current fee structure, were established in 2017. 

The Radiation Safety Act 2016 came into force at the same time.

More information on the public consultation that informed the current Regulations can be found on the Ministry of Health’s Proposed Radiation Safety Regulations consultation document.

Review of Radiation Safety Fees and Regulations

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