The Ministry of Health’s Office of Radiation Safety 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.
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.
Updates on the publication of non-medical Codes of Practice
Thank you to those who have already ready had the chance to sent through your feedback on the non-medical codes of practice. To give the process a little bit more time, we have decided to extend the deadline for submitting feedback to 22 November 2019.
Christmas and New Year
The Ministry of Health will close for Christmas/New Year at 5.00 pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and will re-open Monday 6 January 2020. In case of an emergency associated with the use of radiation during this period please call +64 021 393 632. Any other general queries will be answered after 6 January 2020.
Applications received before 5.00 pm Monday 16 December 2019 will be acknowledged and invoiced in 2019. Paid applications will be processed as a priority when the Ministry reopens in January.
Applications received after 16 December will be acknowledged and invoiced once financial processing recommences on Monday 6 January 2020.