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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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.