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Notification, Authorisation, Recognition and related Fees - Recognition of Experts and Services (Dosimetry; Occupational Health; Radiation Protection; Medical Physics)

Based on the Protection against Ionising Radiation and Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security Law of 2018, the competence of individuals, groups of individuals or other bodies to provide expertise or other services shall be recognised by the Radiation Inspection and Control Service, as following:
    (a) "Dosimetry Service" means a body or an individual competent to calibrate, read or interpret individual monitoring devices, or to measure radioactivity in the human body or in biological samples, or to assess doses, whose capacity to act in this respect is recognised by the Radiation Inspection and Control Service;

    (b) "Occupational Health Service" means a health professional or body competent to perform medical surveillance of exposed workers, and whose capacity to act in this respect is recognised by the Radiation Inspection and Control Service;

    (c) "Radiation Protection Expert" means an individual or a group of individuals having the knowledge, training and experience needed to give radiation protection advice in order to ensure the effective protection of individuals, and whose capacity to act in this respect is recognised by the Radiation Inspection and Control Service;

    (d) "Medical Physics Expert" means an individual or a group of individuals, having the knowledge, training and experience to act or give advice on matters relating to radiation physics applied to medical exposure, and whose capacity to act in this respect is recognised by the Radiation Inspection and Control Service.

The Radiation Inspection and Control Service (RICS) is responsible for defining the criteria, procedures and forms for the recognition of the above categories of Services and Experts.

The specifications for the recognition of Services and Experts in the field of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety and Security by RICS, namely the Occupational Health Services, the Dosimetry Services, the Radiation Protection Experts and the Medical Physics Experts provided for in Article 2 of the Law, pursuant to Article 48 of the Law, are set out in the Notification of the Chief Inspector entitled "The Protection against Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (Specifications for the Recognition of Services and Experts in the field of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety and Protection) Notification of 2019" (R.A.A. 154/2019), which was published in the Official Gazette of 10.5.2019.

R.A.A. 154/2019 contains inter alia transitional provisions for "Qualified Experts" and "Experts in Medical Physics" who have been recognized as such on the basis of the Protection against Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety Laws 2002 to 2017, which have been repealed. In summary, these persons are deemed to have expertise as Radiation Protection Experts or as Medical Physics Experts, respectively, in the areas where their expertise has been recognized according the repealed legislation and have the right to continue to act as such until 31 December 2023. For the purpose of re-recognition of expertise with effect from that date, the same requirements apply as for those who wish to be re-recognized.

In order to ensure the required recognition, a request must be made to the RICS using the relevant application form.

The recognised services and experts to date are shown in the relevant List of recognised Services and Experts and any undertaking may refer to these services or experts for the provision of services (Section 45 (15) of the Law).

The areas of competence of the above Services or Experts are detailed in the Protection against Ionising Radiation and Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (Basic Safety Standards for the Protection against Dangers arising from Ionizing Radiation) Regulations of 2018 (R.A.A. 374/2018).

In summary, Regulation 68 in R.A.A. 374/2018 provides that the Radiation Protection Expert acts and/or provides appropriate advice to the undertaking on issues related to the applicable legal requirements, with respect to the occupational and the public exposure, and also provides a list of fields in which a Radiation Protection Expert may provide advice to the undertaking, as appropriate.

Regulation 69 provides that the Medical Physics Expert acts or provides specialized advice, depending on the case, on issues related to radiation physics and its application in medicine, and the application of requirements in medical exposure and in practices involving non-medical imaging exposure. Depending on the medical radiological practice, the medical physics expert takes responsibility for dosimetry, including physical measurements for evaluation of the dose delivered to the patient and other individuals subject to medical exposure, give advice on medical radiological equipment. Subsequently, the Regulation provides a list of fields in which the Medical Physics Expert may contribute.

References to the areas in which the above Services or Experts may be involved are also made in other parts of R.A.A. 374/2018, such as in the Regulations 20, 24, 27, 28, 34, 42, 47, 48, 49 and 58.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR INSPECTION
23.4.2020


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