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IR(ME)R annual report

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This report looks at our work under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017.

It provides a breakdown of the number and type of notifications we received about IR(ME)R incidents between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, and findings from our inspections. We also share learning from examples of errors and the actions that providers took to improve.

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Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 are known as IR(ME)R.

They provide a regulatory framework to protect people against the dangers from being exposed to ionising radiation in a healthcare setting. The regulations state that exposures need to be individually justified and optimised to ensure that the benefit for the patient outweighs the risk.

CQC enforces the regulations in England by carrying out inspections, acting on information from other areas of our work and by reviewing statutory notifications from healthcare services about significant accidental or unintended exposures to patients.


Last updated:
04 November 2021