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 (see below). ORS is conducting its three-yearly review of fees paid under the Regulations. This is in line with the Office of the Auditor-General’s guide to Charging Fees for Public Sector Goods and Services. At the same time, ORS is reviewing the Regulations as a whole. 

The review is focusing on:

  • current fees and fee structure
  • proportionality of the radiation safety requirements
  • ease of using the Regulations
  • technical accuracy of the Regulations.

The review will determine whether the current fee levels and structure should change. Radiation Safety fees cover the Ministry's costs for administering the Act (regulating and conducting routine on-site inspections). Fees are likely to increase a significant amount as these costs are now much higher than was anticipated when the current fees were set in 2017.

As part of the review the Ministry is engaging directly with the groups and organisations most likely to be affected. Any proposed changes, including to the fees and fee structure, will be open to public consultation.

It is expected that information on the review’s findings will be made available in the form of a public consultation document on any proposed changes that are identified by the review. Public consultation is expected to begin in 2022. More information about the review process and next steps will be provided when public consultation begins. 

If you have any questions about the review, please email 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.

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