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Ionising radiation

New Regulations

New Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) will come into force on 1 January 2018 and will replace the existing Regulations (IRR99). For more information go to the draft Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

The main changes are to:

What ionising radiation is

Ionising radiations occurs as either electromagnetic rays (such as X-rays and gamma rays) or particles (such as alpha and beta particles). It occurs naturally (e.g. radon gas) but can also be produced artificially.

Radiation protection

Revision of the Basic Safety Standards for Radiological Protection Directive (BSS)

The European Commission (EC) has brought forward a formal proposal for a new Basic Safety Standards Directive that brings together and consolidates five existing EURATOM Directives. This is currently under negotiation.

More on the BSS Directive

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2017-11-02