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.
Deadline for receiving applications in 2018 - This year, the Ministry's offices will close on Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen on Monday, 7th January 2019. Applications for licences and consents will need to be received by 5 pm on Friday 14th of December to ensure processing this calendar year. Note, applications received after 14th December 2018 will be processed after 7th of January 2019.
Payments by Credit Card - The Office of Radiation Safety is excited to announce that payment of fees is now possible by credit card. This is particularly interesting for urgent enquiries. To receive further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Codes of Practice – We are making steady progress with issuing new Codes of Practice. The Code of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology - ORS C1 has been published in November (see website). The Transport Code of Practice has entered the editorial stage and will be send out for consultation. The Code of Practice for Nuclear Medicine (ORS C2) has passed the editorial stage already and will be published soon. We are working in parallel on a new Code of Practice for Security which will go out for consultation.
Enquiries: The best way to contact us is by logging your enquiries at email@example.com. This in-box is checked on a daily basis by our two Regulatory Administrators. Additionally, you can call us on our 0800 113 813 number if required.
Twitter: You can communicate with us via Twitter. Follow us on Twitter @minhealthnz.
Director for Radiation Safety
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.