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.
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Code of Practise for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials
The consultation paper has been released on 18/01/2019. This document sets out possible wording for a new code of practice to be issued under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 for the safe transport of radioactive material by road, rail, sea and air. Section 86(2) of the Act requires that anyone likely to be affected by the code is consulted before it is issued. The purpose of this document is to provide suggestions to assist in that consultation process. The Introduction, Definitions and Obligations sections set out the proposed wording for the new code.
How to have your say:
Submissions close 12.00 pm, Friday 1 March 2019
Source licence requirements
We are still receiving emails requesting renewal of 'principal licensee' applications. Please note that the Radiation Safety Act 2016 has introduced the concept of source and use licences. Any organisation who had a principal licensee now requires to obtain a source licence. Please see Owners of Radiation Sources or contact the Office for further information via email: email@example.com. This inbox is cleared daily and is the best way to get in touch with us.
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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.