Radiation safety

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.

Visit Non-ionising radiation for radiofrequency enquiries.

News

June 2019

Change in Ministry of Health email addresses

The Ministry of Health changed its email addresses from @moh.govt.nz to @health.govt.nz as of 29 May 2019, and the ORS enquiries inbox address has been changed to orsenquiries@health.govt.nz.

Any emails sent to an old MOH email address format will be auto forwarded to your new health email address for a short period of time. The current application forms include the old email address, and therefore we will update those forms shortly.

Updates on the publication of Codes of Practice

We are anticipating to publish the rest of codes of practice in June and  July 2019. The Code of Practice for Industrial Radiography (ORS C7) has been published and become effective as of 7 June 2017. A draft consultation paper for the Security of Radioactive Material code of practice is going through the final sign out process. This paper is likely to be published for feedback during June 2019.

Further information about the codes of practice under the Radiation Safety Act 2016, please visit the Codes of practice page.

Director for Radiation Safety

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Key requirements

The legislation requires the following:

  • owners of radiation sources must hold a source licence authorising them to manage and control those sources
  • owners must also register controlled radiation sources with the Office of Radiation Safety
  • users of radiation sources must hold a use licence unless their use is otherwise authorised by the Act or regulations
  • importers and exporters of radioactive material must obtain a consent.

Radiation Safety Advisory Council

The Radiation Safety Advisory Council is a Ministerial-appointed Council established under the Radiation Safety Act 2016. This Council is responsible for providing advice to the Minister of Health and Director for Radiation Safety on matters relating to or affecting radiation safety, and standards relating to radiation safety. Applications for the Radiation Safety Advisory Council (Policy and Advisory) positions have been received and are under review.

In this section

  • People or organisations who manage and control radiation sources must obtain a source licence, register the radiation sources and take prime responsibility for protection and safety. This section has information on compliance with licensing and registration requirements, safety and security of radiation sources secure, codes of practice and more. Read more
  • Users of ionising radiation must be authorised under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 whether by way of licence or otherwise. This section has information for radiation users, including licensing requirements, other forms of authorisation, compliance with fundamental requirements, codes of practice and more. Read more
  • Check the requirements for the sale, purchase or disposal of radiation sources under the Radiation Saftey Act 2016. Importers and exporters of radioactive material must obtain consent from the Office of Radiation Safety (or comply with the Regulations). Read more
  • Radioactive material must be transported safely and securely. This section contains information on the rules for transporting radioactive material, guidance for drivers and handlers, and information on transporting uranium ore concentrate. Read more
  • Many service providers provide important support services to the radiation sector. This section has information for service providers, including when they need a licence, and information on calibrating radiation measuring equipment and personal dosimetry services. Read more
  • The Office of Radiation Safety is the regulatory body which administers radiation safety legislation. This section describes the functions of the office and links to other organisations promoting radiation safety. Read more
  • The Ministry of Health’s environmental radioactivity monitoring programme analyses trends in environmental radioactivity in the region and warns of any influx in radioactivity. The programme confirms recent trends of decreasing radioactivity levels in the New Zealand environment, despite recent nuclear incidents that have occurred in the northern hemisphere. Read more
  • The Environmental radioactivity annual reports have reported on environmental radioactivity levels in the New Zealand and South Pacific region since 1960.   Read more
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