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.
0800 number: The Office of Radiation Safety can now be reached by the Ministry's 0800 number. Please call 0800 113 813. Choose Option 7 (then option 2) to reach the Office of Radiation Safety. This number is available during regular working hours.
Codes of Practice: We have developed a strategy to publish the Codes of Practice this financial year. We will update you when this is finalised. The next code that is about to be published is the The Code of Practice For Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology - ORS C1. This Code will be followed by the Code for Nuclear Medicine.
Enquiries: The best way to contact us is by logging your enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. This in-box is checked on a daily basis by our two Regulatory Administrators.
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.