The Ministry of Health’s Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) administers the Radiation Safety Act 2016 and the Radiation Safety Regulations 2016 on behalf of the New Zealand Government. This legislation controls all dealings with ionising radiation. For information about non-ionising radiation and radiofrequency such as 5G, please visit Non-ionising radiation page under Environmental Health.
7 December 2021
Notice of Office Closure Christmas/New Year 2021/2022
The Office of Radiation Safety will close for Christmas/New Year at 4.00 pm on Wednesday 22 December 2021 and will re-open Monday 10 January 2022.
In case of a radiation emergency requiring technical or safety advice during this period please call 021 393 632.
Licence and consent application close-off dates
Licence and consent applications received before 5.00pm Monday 13 December 2021 will be acknowledged and invoiced in 2021. Applications received after 13 December 2021 will be acknowledged and invoiced once financial processing recommences on Monday 11 January 2021. If your licence is due to expire before Sunday 09 January 2022, please ensure that your renewal application is received by 5.00pm Monday 13 December 2021 to prevent your licence from becoming lapsed.
The Office of Radiation Safety considers that the licences of applicants for renewals remain in force while the application is being determined, provided that the completed application is received before the licence expires. Therefore, as always, please ensure that your completed application for renewal is received before your licence expires.
14 July 2021
The transport guidance notes have been updated to reflect the new Codes of Practice for Transport ORS C6 and Security ORS C5. Some additional guidance on security has also been added for carriers.
10 May 2021
The Radiation Safety Fees and Regulations Review 2021 is now underway. It is expected the process will be continue well into 2022 and the amended Regulations implemented in 2022.
02 November 2020
Frequently asked question (FAQs)
Upon request, a large number of FAQs have been published about our Codes of Practice.
Second round of consultation on the published Codes of Practice is closed
Following the publication of non-medical codes of practice on 31 July 2020, the Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) received feedback on the appropriateness of the ISO/IEC17025 standard required for external service providers and a suggestion to ask the wider group for their view on the best approach to ensure reliability and uniformity of monitoring or testing outcomes provided by external service providers. Therefore, ORS has prepared for a second round of consultation seeking your feedback on this specific matter.
Submissions closed at 12pm on 31 October 2020. View the consultation.
The Office of Radiation Safety is in the process of improving the accuracy of data that we hold in our database. The main components we're looking at are the current source licence status and radiation sources registered at each facility (ie, apparatuses such as medical CT scanners and instruments containing radioactive material such as nuclear density meters).
Key requirements of the Radiation Safety Act 2016
The legislation requires the following:
- Managing entities of radiation sources must hold a Source licence authorising them to manage and control those sources.
- Managing entities must register controlled radiation sources with the Office of Radiation Safety.
- Individual users of radiation sources must hold a Use licence unless their use is otherwise authorised by the Act or regulations.
- Consent is required for anyone who wishes to import or export radioactive material.