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Revision of Radiation Protection directives including Basic Safety Standards (BSS) and Outside Workers directives

Government department lead

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has overall UK government policy lead responsibility for the EU Basic Safety Standards Directive


The European Commission (EC) brought forward a formal proposal for a new Basic Safety Standards Directive that brings together and consolidates five existing EURATOM Directives, with a Recommendation also being taken into account.

The revision of the Directive has had a number of influences:

New Directive

The Basic Safety Standards (BSS) Directive (2013/59/Euratom), was adopted on the 5th December 2013.

The new BSS Directive incorporates the latest recommendations from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) published in 2007, and harmonises the EU regime with the Basic Safety Standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Next steps

UK Government has to implement the Directive into UK law by the 6 February 2018. A cross government group has been convened to ensure a consistent approach to implementation across UK government. HSE is working closely with DECC, other government departments, and officials from the devolved administrations. The BSS Project Team at HSE, brings together policy, legal, and technical experts.

HSE is continuing to engage UK stakeholders  to broadly ensure that a breadth of interested parties views inform the UK implementation of the Directive.
Existing Stakeholder  working groups cover Occupational; Medical; and Public and Environmental Exposures. 

General background on ionising radiation can be found at:


Updated 2015-06-19