The Radiation Safety Act 2016 came into force on 7 March.
Practitioners should notice that they are no longer receiving correspondence from the Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) to renew their use licences. If you do receive such a notice, we suggest you contact ORS direct so that they can amend their records.
ORS is starting the process of requiring organisations to obtain source licences for the radiation sources they manage and control. It is likely to be May or June before they contact dental practices. At that time practices will need to register their x-ray equipment with ORS and obtain a source licence.
There is no cost for registration, and the source licence fees for each year of the licence term are:
$718 plus GST for practices with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
$361 plus GST for practices without CBCT.
Practices will have a choice of one, two or three years for their licences. No action is required until ORS makes contact in May or June.