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.
Office of Radiation Safety response to COVID-19 Level 2
Licences and consent requests
In response to the Government’s recommendations on COVID-19, the Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) staff are working from home.
We are still processing your applications and other requests however, because we are working remotely, our responses may be slower than usual.
To avoid further delays, please send your applications and requests by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications or correspondence sent by mail will be processed when staff are able to return to the office.
Compliance monitoring inspections
As of 14 May 2020, ORS will resume on-site visits at licensed facilities for compliance monitoring inspections.
We are developing ways of doing compliance monitoring inspections that follow the government's physical distancing guidelines. Facilities that are due for inspections will be contacted.
How to contact ORS
The best way to get in touch is to email email@example.com. This inbox is monitored from 9 am to 4 pm every workday.
For emergencies, please contact the Radiation Emergency (24 hours) number at 021 393 632.
Publication of the Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Material
The new Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Material has been published and gazetted as of 8 May 2020.