Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Material: Draft for consultation

Submissions close 5.00 pm, Friday 16 August 2019.

Published online: 
02 July 2019
Draft Code of Practice for the Security 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 relates to the security of radioactive material. It intends to provide operational details on how to comply with the security requirements set out in sections 11 and 12 of the Act.

This code will apply to the security of radioactive material, associated facilities and associated activities for the prevention of malicious acts intended or likely to cause harmful radiological consequences throughout the lifetime of the radioactive material whether it is in use, storage or transport.

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.

How to have your say

The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm, Friday 16 August 2019.

This document sets out possible wording for a new code of practice to be issued under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 for the security of radioactive material and nuclear material in use, storage and transport. 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 to the Code, Key roles, Definitions, Security management and Security system sections set out the proposed wording for the new code. The Submission form contains specific questions that submitters may wish to answer. These questions are included for convenience only and submitters should feel free to provide any information they feel is relevant to the development of the code.

The consultation period concludes on 16 August 2019. Please ensure that submissions are sent to the Office of Radiation Safety by then.


We may publish submissions on the Ministry's website, unless you have asked us not to. If you are submitting as an individual, we will automatically remove your personal details and any identifiable information. You can chose to have your personal details withheld if your submission is requested under the Official Information Act.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 July 2019
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-856878-2 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2019. Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Material: Draft for consultation 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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