Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material


Published online: 
19 April 2019
Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material.

The Radiation Safety Act 2016 came fully into force on 7 March 2017. The Act is administered by the Ministry of Health’s Office of Radiation Safety.

The Act sets out high-level safety and security obligations in sections 9–12. There are many different types of radiation use and the requirements are often very technical. The Act therefore authorises the issuing of codes of practice to set out more detailed requirements relating to individual areas of practice. This code applies to all activities associated with the safe transport of radioactive material by road, rail, sea and air. This includes the design, manufacture, maintenance and repair of packaging and the preparation, consigning, loading, carriage including in-transit storage, shipment after storage, unloading and receipt at the final destination of loads of radioactive material and packages.

Section 86(2) states ‘before issuing a code of practice, the Director [for Radiation Safety] must consult any person who the Director reasonably considers is likely to be affected by the proposed code.’ The purpose of this consultation document is to consult as required by section 86(2) and promote discussion. No decisions have been made about the final content.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    19 April 2019
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-856871-3 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2019. Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material: ORS C6. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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