Licences to use radiation for medical purposes

Ionising radiation is regularly used for the benefit of patients either in diagnosing or treating medical conditions. Different types of licence can be issued for the use of ionising radiation for medical purposes.

Licences may be granted for the following medical purposes:

  • medical diagnosis – including cardiology, nuclear medicine, endocrinology, sentinel node biopsy general practice
  • medical therapy – including ophthalmology, nuclear medicine, endocrinology and blood irradiation.
  • other medical purposes – including research on humans, podiatric, chiropractic, and medical physics.

Schedule 3 of the Radiation Safety Act 2016 specifies authorised persons and activity or class of activity that may be performed without a use licence.

Training requirements in the codes of practice issued under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 set out the basic level of radiation safety knowledge an applicant must demonstrate to be granted a licence.

Training courses available for medical purposes

The Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) is not an authority body that approves radiation safety related training courses in New Zealand. Therefore, we are not responsible for the performance or qualifications of the individual trainers who are listed on this website. By distributing this list, we intend to help managing entities who are required to ensure radiation safety training requirements are met in accordance to the Radiation Safety Act 2016 (the Act), the Radiation Safety Regulations 2016 and the Codes of Practice issued under the Act. It is not our intention to be commercially disadvantageous to certain parties in this sector by disseminating this list.

If you have any questions about each training course, please direct your emails to providers who are on this list.

If you wish to be listed as a training provider, please contact us at

Brian Lunt
Medical Physicist
Health Physics Services Ltd
T: +64 (09) 213 3309  | C: +64 021 774760

Hologic (Australia) Pty Ltd
Contact: Mike Turner
Product & Clinical Affairs Specialist Skeletal Health ANZ 
Radiation Safety Officer
ANZBMS Accredited Member
T: +61410 045 306  |  1800 264 073

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