IR(ME)R guidance published

Published: 16 July 2018 Ezine

Guidance to accompany the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 has been published

The regulations implement for Great Britain (and Northern Ireland), provisions of Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013 (the “Basic Safety Standards Directive”) laying down the standards for protection against the dangers from exposure to ionising radiation.

The regulations address the radiation protection of persons undergoing medical exposures, whether as part of their own medical diagnosis or treatment, as part of research, as asymptomatic individuals, as those undergoing non-medical imaging using medical radiological equipment ,or as carers and comforters of persons undergoing medical exposures.

The guidance covers:

  • Licensing requirements
  • The employer's duties, including general procedures, protocols and quality assurance programmes , clinical audit, accidental or unintended exposure
  • The enforcing authority’s duties
  • Duties of the practitioner, operator and referrer
  • Justification of individual exposures
  • Optimisation 
  • Equipment
  • Training
  • Enforcement

The guidance is also applicable to the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018.

Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017: guidance

The Diagnostic Radiographer as the entitled IR(ME)R Practitioner - SCoR document

Have you paused and checked? IR(ME)R Referrers

Radiation protection