Code of Practice for Unsealed Radioactive Material – Draft for consultation

Submissions close 12.00 pm, Friday 8 November 2019.

Published online: 
04 October 2019
Code of Practice for Unsealed Radioactive Material – Draft for consultation.


This document sets out possible wording for a new code of practice to be issued under the Radiation Safety Act 2016 for the use of unsealed radioactive material for non-medical purposes. 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, Appendix 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.

Why are we consulting

In January 2017, ORS conducted a public consultation on a draft Code of Practice for Non-medical Uses of Ionising Radiation.

The target audience for this consultation included all facilities using radiation or radioactive material for industrial, veterinary, agricultural, legal or security purposes. It also included facilities that use radiation or radioactive material for education, training or research, mining and procession of raw materials.

The intention was to publish a single code for all non-medical activity categories supported by more detailed individual compliance guides, however, most of the audience preferred to have an individual code specific to each type of non-medical ration use.

Based on this feedback, ORS has drafted a separate code of practice for non-medical irradiators. During the drafting process, more detailed operational requirements were developed such as training, equipment and testing requirements. ORS would like invite feedback from the affected sectors on these requirements.

How to have your say

The closing date for submissions is 12.00 pm, Friday 8 November 2019.

You can provide feedback by:

  • using our online tool
    This is our preferred way to get feedback. You can complete your submission over a number of sessions and save it as you go. If you select ‘Save and come back later’ at the bottom of the consultation page, you will be sent an email with a unique link that will let you return to edit and submit your response. This link can be shared with your colleagues if you require their contribution to, or review of, the submission. Once you have completed your submission, you will be sent a pdf copy for your records, or
  • sending an electronic submission to using the consultation questions section of this consultation document.


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:
    04 October 2019
  • ISBN:
  • HP number:
    978-1-98-859709-6 (online)
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2019. Code of Practice for Unsealed 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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