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Clinician Info inc. PACS - Radiation Regulations - an intro 25 December 2017

Introduction to Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the main public body which regulates work that causes or could cause radiation exposure of workers, the public or both and enforces the main legal requirements of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (IRR99).

Read the 1999 IRR regulations

Further information can be found on the HSE Website.

Introduction to Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000

The safety of the patient and use of ionising radiation for medical exposures has been subject to specific legislation since 1988. Care Quality Commission (CQC) and its predecessor organisations have been responsible for enforcing it in England across both the NHS and independent sectors since November 2006.

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and amendments made in 2006, known as IRMER, can be found at the Office for Public Sector Informationís website.

The Department of Health (DoH) has published guidance on IR(ME)R, together with notes on good practice on its website.

Read the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations Guidance and notes.

The regulations are intended to:

  • Protect patients from unintended, excessive or incorrect medical exposures.
  • Ensure the benefits outweigh the risk in every case.
  • Make certain patients receive no more than the required exposure for the desired benefit, within technological limits.

The regulations also apply to exposures as part of established health screening programmes, medical or biomedical, diagnostic or therapeutic research and those undertaken for medico-legal purposes.

Overall CQC estimate that more than 40 million medical exposures are carried out each year in England.

Further information can be found on the CQC Website.