Since the August 2020 version of this guidance, we have:
- updated information on clinically significant accidental and unintended exposures (CSAUE)
- added notification criteria for incorrect radiopharmaceutical administration
We have also revised some codes in the table, and amended the notification criteria for:
- interventional radiology and cardiology
- foetal dose
We enforce the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) in England
Medical ionising radiation is used widely in hospitals, dental care, clinics and in medical research to help diagnose and treat conditions. Examples are x-rays and nuclear scans, and treatments such as radiotherapy.
The regulations aim to make sure that it is used safely to protect patients from the risk of harm when being exposed to ionising radiation.
They set out the responsibilities of duty holders (the employer, referrer, IR(ME)R practitioner and operator) for radiation protection and the basic safety standards that duty holders must meet.
- minimising unintended, excessive or incorrect medical exposures
- justifying each exposure to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks
- optimising diagnostic doses to keep them “as low as reasonably practicable” for their intended use.
The regulations apply to both the independent sector and the public sector (NHS).
The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 are on legislation.gov.uk: